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Thomas Reid's Theory of Perception$
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Ryan Nichols

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199276912

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199276912.001.0001

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Answering Molyneux

Answering Molyneux

(p.246) 9 Answering Molyneux
Thomas Reid's Theory of Perception

Ryan Nichols (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyzes Reid's treatment of the Molyneux question. Molyneux's question can be presented in general form as this: ‘Were a blind person to be given sight, and were a cube and a sphere set in her field of vision, would she be capable of identifying which object is which?’ In the Inquiry, Reid gives both a ‘no’ and a ‘yes’ to Molyneux's question. The thrust of Reid's response to Molyneux's issues emphasizes the limitations Reid places upon sensation in the perceptual process. This chapter exhibits the key differences between Reid and the Way of Ideas, and confirms several other attributions made to Reid in the material preceding this chapter.

Keywords:   sensation, perception, Way of Ideas, Molyneux's question

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