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Sounds and PerceptionNew Philosophical Essays$
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Matthew Nudds and Casey O'Callaghan

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199282968

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199282968.001.0001

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Some Varieties of Spatial Hearing 1

Some Varieties of Spatial Hearing 1

(p.97) 5 Some Varieties of Spatial Hearing1
Sounds and Perception

Roberto Casati

Jérôme Dokic

Oxford University Press

We can make a distinction between three families of theories of sounds, according to where the latter are said to be located. These are the proximal theories, the medium theories, and the distal theories. Phenomenology seems to favour distal theories, at least if we can show that sounds themselves, rather than their sources, are heard as located. This chapter discusses two distal theories: the Event Theory, according to which sounds are events in sounding objects; and a slightly different conception which makes the medium surrounding the object an essential ingredient of sound events. The main arguments in favour of the Event Theory are discussed, emphasising the analogy between air as the medium of auditory perception and light as the medium of visual perception.

Keywords:   sounds, space, Event Theory, distal theories, events, medium

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