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Sensory Qualities

Austen Clark


Many philosophers doubt that one can provide any successful explanation of sensory qualities — of how things look, feel, or seem to a perceiving subject. To provide such an explanation, one would need to explain qualitative facts in non-qualitative terms. Attempts to construct such explanations have seemed, in principle, doomed. This book examines the strategy used in psychophysics, psychometrics, and sensory neurophysiology to explain qualitative facts. It argues that this strategy could succeed: its structure is sound, and it can answer the various philosophical objections lodged against it. ... More

Keywords: sensory qualities, perception, qualitative facts, non-qualitative terms, neurophysiology, qualia

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780198236801
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198236801.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Austen Clark, author
University of Connecticut