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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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Some descriptions that do not apply to perception-illusion disjunctions

Some descriptions that do not apply to perception-illusion disjunctions

(p.46) 8 Some descriptions that do not apply to perception-illusion disjunctions

J. M. Hinton

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This chapter considers a number of descriptions that hardly apply to those, or any other, perception–illusion disjunction. It sees by way of contrast that others of the descriptions which have been thought to apply to the suppositious class of ‘experience-reports’ do not apply to any perception–illusion disjunctions. This will raise the question whether there is anything to which these descriptions do apply. Something that was deliberately introduced as a paraphrase of a perception–illusion disjunction could, in a sense, ‘answer the question as to what happened to the subject’. It would be over-scrupulous to say that an explicit perception–illusion disjunction could not do so. However, there is a sense in which neither an explicit perception–illusion disjunction, nor a sentence introduced as a paraphrase for such a disjunction, answers that question, though an explicit disjunction is not as such debarred from so doing.

Keywords:   perception, illusion, perception–illusion disjunctions, contrast, experience, subject, experience-reports

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