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Sounds: A Philosophical Theory

Casey O'Callaghan


Vision dominates philosophical thinking about perception, and theorizing about experience in cognitive science traditionally has focused on a visual model. This book presents a systematic treatment of sounds and auditory experience. It demonstrates how thinking about audition and appreciating the relationships among multiple sense modalities enriches our understanding of perception. It articulates the central questions that comprise the philosophy of sound, and proposes a novel theory of sounds and their perception. Against the widely accepted philosophical view that sounds are among the secon ... More

Keywords: sound, audition, perception, vision, secondary qualities, echoes, experience, constancy, events, waves

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199215928
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199215928.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Casey O'Callaghan, author
Bates College
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