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The Metaphysics of Sensory Experience

David Papineau


What are the materials of conscious perceptual experience? What is going on when we are consciously aware of a visual scene, or hear sounds, or otherwise enjoy sensory experience? In The Metaphysics of Sensory Experience David Papineau exposes the flaws in contemporary answers to this central philosophical question and defends a new alternative. Contemporary theories of perceptual experience all hold that conscious experiences reach out into the world beyond the mind. According to naïve realism, experiences literally incorporate perceived facts, while representationalism holds that experiences ... More

Keywords: consciousness, intentionality, perception, phenomenology, representation, sensory experience

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780198862390
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198862390.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Papineau, author
Professor of Philosophy, King's College London

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