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Taxonomising the senses

By F. Macpherson

Abstract

I argue that we should reject the sparse view that there are or could be only a small number of rather distinct senses. When one appreciates this then one can see that there is no need to choose between the standard criteria that have been proposed as ways of individuating the senses – representation, phenomenal character, proximal stimulus and sense organ – or any other criteria that one may deem important. Rather, one can use these criteria in conjunction to form a finegrained taxonomy of the senses. We can think of these criteria as defining a multidimensional space within which we can locate each of the senses that we are familiar with and which also defines the space of possible senses there could be

Topics: B1
Publisher: Springer
Year: 2011
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.gla.ac.uk:43551
Provided by: Enlighten

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