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A Theory of Sentience$
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Austen Clark

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198238515

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198238515.001.0001

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The Feature-Placing Hypothesis

The Feature-Placing Hypothesis

(p.164) 5 The Feature-Placing Hypothesis
A Theory of Sentience

Austen Clark

Oxford University Press

This chapter recaps the argument briefly, in fast-forward, and then runs it again, backwards, by speculating on what it would be like to have a completed theory of sentience for a particular modality. It argues that such an empirical theory could explain whatever needs to be explained about sensing, and that the appearances to the contrary are illusions — extraordinarily sophisticated illusions, but illusions none the less. Of them Wittgenstein's diagnosis rings true: our intellect is bewitched by language.

Keywords:   sentience, sensing, sensory name, sensory identities

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