Distinguishing the commonsense senses

In Dustin Stokes (ed.), Perception and Its Modalities. Oxford University Press. pp. ch. 19 (2014)
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This paper proposes a methodological strategy to investigate the question of the individuation of the senses both from a commonsensical and a scientific point of view. We start by discussing some traditional and recent criteria for distinguishing the senses and argue that none of them taken in isolation seems to be able to handle both points of views. We then pay close attention to the faculty of hearing which offers promising examples of the strategy we pursue of combining commonsense and science. In particular, we argue in favour of a distinction between two kinds of modes of presentation associated with sound perception: a mechanical mode of presentation that makes sounds perceptible by other modalities than audition such as touch and a tonal mode of presentation that makes people conceive of sounds as the proper objects of auditory perception.

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Roberto Casati
Institut Jean Nicod
Jérôme Dokic
Institut Jean Nicod


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