Reid on instinctive exertions and the spatial contents of sensations

Lindsay, C. (2015) Reid on instinctive exertions and the spatial contents of sensations. In: Copenhaver, R. and Buras, T. (eds.) Thomas Reid on Mind, Knowledge, and Value. Series: Mind association occasional series. Oxford University Press: Oxford, pp. 35-51. ISBN 9780198733676

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This paper is concerned with Thomas Reid's account of the role of instinctive exertions in the development of one's conception of power. I consider whether such exertions can shed any light on the matter of how certain sensations can appear to us to possess spatial content (for example, how a pain can seem to be located in the toe). Reid denies that sensations have such content; I argue that the introduction of instinctive exertions into his account might allow Reid to avoid some of the less palatable consequences of denying spatial content to sensations.

Item Type:Book Sections (Other)
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Lindsay, Dr Chris
Authors: Lindsay, C.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Philosophy
Publisher:Oxford University Press

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