Sensory Qualities / Edition 1

Sensory Qualities / Edition 1

by Austen Clark
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198236808

ISBN-13: 9780198236801

Pub. Date: 10/28/1996

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Many philosophers doubt that one can provide any successful explanation of those qualities characterizing how things look, feel, or seem to a perceiving subject. To do so one would need to be able to explain qualitative facts in non-qualitative terms, and attempts to construct such an explanation seem doomed to failure. In this book Austen Clark presents an

Overview

Many philosophers doubt that one can provide any successful explanation of those qualities characterizing how things look, feel, or seem to a perceiving subject. To do so one would need to be able to explain qualitative facts in non-qualitative terms, and attempts to construct such an explanation seem doomed to failure. In this book Austen Clark presents an analysis of sensory qualities that refutes such skepticism and offers the possibility of a solution to the problem of qualia. Drawing on work in psychophysics, psychometrics, and sensory neurophysiology, he analyzes the character and defends the integrity of psychophysical explanations of qualitative facts, arguing that the structure of such explanations is sound and potentially successful.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198236801
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/28/1996
Series:
Clarendon Library of Logic and Philosophy Series
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.62(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Explaining Looks
2. Matching and Qualitative Identity
3. Quality Space
4. Different Modalities
5. Defining and Identifying Qualities
6. Summary and Conclusion
Appendix; Multidimensional Scaling
References, Index
Introduction
1. Explaining Looks
2. Matching and Qualitative Identity
3. Quality Space
4. Different Modalities
5. Defining and Identifying Qualities
6. Summary and Conclusion
Appendix; Multidimensional Scaling
References, Index

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