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ExperiencesAn Inquiry into Some Ambiguities$
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J. M. Hinton

Print publication date: 1973

Print ISBN-13: 9780198244035

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198244035.001.0001

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Illusion, and other matters

Illusion, and other matters

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14 Illusion, and other matters
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Experiences
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J. M. Hinton

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198244035.003.0015

This chapter studies the sense of ‘illusion’ involved. It ends in the discussion of a once strong, but today much weakened, preconception, here called one-way neutralism, on which the controversial notion of an experience has sometimes depended. The question as to the content, the relevant meaning, of ‘illusion’ is interwoven with the question as to the syntax or structure of the illusion-proposition, in such a way that it will be convenient to make some preliminary remarks about the meaning, next turn to the syntax, then return to the meaning, and so on. ‘Illusion’, here, is simply the general-cultural, non-technical notion. The fact remains that what they may prefer to call a hallucination not involving mistaken belief, and, what it is doubtless more exact, more specific, to call a hallucination or hallucinatory illusion not involving mistaken belief, is an illusion in a perfectly good non-technical sense.

Keywords:   illusion, one-way neutralism, experience, hallucination, belief, syntax

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