Synesthesia, Hallucination, and Autism

Frontiers in Bioscience 26:797-809 (2021)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Abstract
Synesthesia literally means a “union of the senses” whereby two or more of the five senses that are normally experienced separately are involuntarily and automatically joined together in experience. For example, some synesthetes experience a color when they hear a sound, although many instances of synesthesia also occur entirely within the visual sense. In this paper, I first mainly engage critically with Sollberger’s view that there is reason to think that at least some synesthetic experiences can be viewed as truly veridical perceptions, and not as illusions or hallucinations. Among other things, I explore the possibility that many forms of synesthesia can be understood as experiencing what I will call “second-order secondary properties,” that is, experiences of properties of objects induced by the secondary qualities of those objects. In doing so, I shed some light on why synesthesia is typically one-directional and its relation to some psychopathologies such as autism.
PhilPapers/Archive ID
GENSHA
Upload history
Archival date: 2021-02-27
View other versions
Added to PP index
2021-02-27

Total views
281 ( #27,887 of 71,429 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
113 ( #5,923 of 71,429 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks on external links on PhilPapers.