Olfactory Amodal Completion

Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 103 (2):372-388 (2021)
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Amodal completion is the representation of those parts of the perceived object that we get no sensory stimulation from. While amodal completion is rife and plays an essential role in all sense modalities, philosophical discussions of this phenomenon have almost entirely been limited to vision. The aim of this paper is to examine in what sense we can talk about amodal completion in olfaction. We distinguish three different senses of amodal completion – spatial, temporal and feature-based completion – and argue that all three are present and play a significant role in olfaction.

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Benjamin D. Young
University of Nevada, Reno
Bence Nanay
University of Antwerp


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