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A Theory of Sentience

Austen Clark


This book offers a general account of the forms of mental representation that we call ‘sensory’. To sense something, one must have some capacity to discriminate among sensory qualities; but there are other requirements. What are they, and how can they be put together to yield full-blown sensing? Drawing on the findings of current neuroscience, the author proposes and defends the hypothesis that the various modalities of sensation share a generic form that he calls ‘feature-placing’. Sensing proceeds by picking out place-times in or around the body of the sentient organism, and characterizing q ... More

Keywords: mental representation, sensing, sensory qualities, sensation, illusion, projection, visual field, perceptual demonstratives

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198238515
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198238515.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Austen Clark, author
University of Connecticut, Storrs