Sensing, perceiving, and thinking: On the method of phenomenal contrast

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I apply the Method of Phenomenal Contrast to examples involving aesthetic experience and sensory illusion. While the method can provide reasons to prefer one form of content hypothesis over others, it may be of no help in answering substantive questions about the nature and structure of such content. I suggest that successful application of the method can leave us with a difficult question. Why would a sensory system have the function of representing a property that it cannot detect?

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)143-151
Number of pages9
JournalSouthern Journal of Philosophy
Issue numberSUPPL
StatePublished - 2007

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  • Philosophy


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