Taxonomising the senses

Macpherson, F. (2011) Taxonomising the senses. Philosophical Studies, 153(1), pp. 123-142. (doi: 10.1007/s11098-010-9643-8)

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I argue that we should reject the sparse view that there are or could be only a small number of rather distinct senses. When one appreciates this then one can see that there is no need to choose between the standard criteria that have been proposed as ways of individuating the senses – representation, phenomenal character, proximal stimulus and sense organ – or any other criteria that one may deem important. Rather, one can use these criteria in conjunction to form a finegrained taxonomy of the senses. We can think of these criteria as defining a multidimensional space within which we can locate each of the senses that we are familiar with and which also defines the space of possible senses there could be.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:The original publication is available at
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Macpherson, Professor Fiona
Authors: Macpherson, F.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Philosophy
Journal Name:Philosophical Studies
ISSN (Online):1573-0883
Published Online:06 November 2010
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2011 Springer
First Published:First published in Philosophical Studies 153(1):123-142
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