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Alien Experience

Maura Tumulty


If I were a better human being, that person’s voice wouldn’t sound so shrill to me. Many of us may have had such thoughts. They give voice to the worrying intuition that if we were less affected by sexism and racism, or better at keeping our tempers, our fellow humans would look and sound differently to us. Alien Experience argues that we should take this sense of unease seriously. It is as philosophically significant as our unease over desires or fears that we disown. Making sense of this unease requires us to re-think the relation between experiences and standing commitments; to re-consider ... More

Keywords: agency, alienation, bias, experience, first-person authority, first-personal authority, imagination, perception, responsibility, self-control, sensation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190845629
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190845629.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maura Tumulty, author
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Colgate University