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ExperiencesAn Inquiry into Some Ambiguities$
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J. M. Hinton

Print publication date: 1973

Print ISBN-13: 9780198244035

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198244035.001.0001

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A contrast

A contrast

5 A contrast

J. M. Hinton

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This chapter discusses that the contrast emerges in its most marked form if one compares the notion of an experience in certain philosophical discussions with that of an a-experience. When someone avers that if one dreams being cut into small pieces then one ‘has the experience of’ being cut into small pieces, one does not mean having the a-1-experience. Nor, when someone says that if one dreams someone being tortured then one has the experience of being tortured, does one mean having the a-2-experience. One means that you sb-l-experience being cut into small pieces, or some other form of physical abuse. This means that one is or may be getting into philosophy. For many questions arise as to how that special kind of event is being conceived, and the answers when elicited will often reveal some decidedly philosophical conception.

Keywords:   contrast, notion, experience, philosophy, event, conception

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