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Sounds and Perception: New Philosophical Essays

Matthew Nudds and Casey O'Callaghan


This book comprises original chapters that address the central questions and issues that define the emerging philosophy of sounds and auditory perception. This work focuses upon two sets of interrelated concerns. The first is a constellation of debates concerning the ontology of sounds. What kinds of things are sounds, and what properties do sounds have? For instance, are sounds secondary qualities, physical properties, waves, or some type of event? The second is a set of questions about the contents of auditory experiences and of hearing. How are sounds experienced to be? What sorts of things ... More

Keywords: sounds, auditory perception, hearing, experience, space, secondary qualities, ontology, music

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Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199282968
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199282968.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Nudds, editor
Edinburgh University
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Casey O'Callaghan, editor
Rice University
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