Hallucination and Its Objects

Philosophical Review 131 (3):327-359 (2022)
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When one visually hallucinates, the object of one’s hallucination is not before one’s eyes. On the standard view, that is because the object of hallucination does not exist, and so is not anywhere. Many different defenses of the standard view are on offer; each have problems. This paper defends the view that there is always an object of hallucination—a physical object, sometimes with spatiotemporally scattered parts.

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Alex Byrne
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Riccardo Manzotti
IULM University


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