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Vision, Olfaction, and the Unity of Senses

Skrzypulec, Błażej (2017) Vision, Olfaction, and the Unity of Senses. In: UNSPECIFIED.


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In the contemporary analytic discussions concerning human olfactory perception, it is commonly claimed that (1) olfactory experiences are representations having content and (2) olfactory experiences represent odours, like coffee odour or vanilla odour. However, despite these common assumptions, there seems to be an ontological controversy between two views: the first states that odours represented by olfaction should be characterised as features and the second states that they should be interpreted as objects. In this paper, I aim to systematically address the “feature or object” status of odours by comparing their ontological characteristics to those possessed by visually represented objects and features. I argue that olfactorily represented odours constitute a sui generis ontological category which differs from the categories of visually represented entities and cannot be easily classified as objects or features. Such investigations constitute a step in establishing whether various human modalities are ontologically unified by organising the environment according to the same categories.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Skrzypulec, Błażejblazej.skrzypulec@gmail.com0000-0003-2780-5477
Keywords: vision, olfaction, content, ontology, indiviudation, object perception
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Dr. Błażej Skrzypulec
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2017 20:54
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2017 20:54
Item ID: 13170
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Psychology
Date: 30 June 2017

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