Sensory Qualities by Austen ClarkSensory Qualities by Austen Clark

Sensory Qualities

byAusten Clark

Paperback | April 30, 1999

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Many philosophers doubt that one can provide any successful explanation of sensory qualities - of how things look, feel, or seem to a perceiving subject. To provide such an explanation, one would need to explain qualitative facts in non-qualitative terms. Attempts to construct suchexplanations have seemed, in principle, doomed. Austen Clark examines the strategy used in psychophysics, psychometrics, and sensory neurophysiology to explain qualitative facts. He argues that this strategy could succeed: its structure is sound, and it can answer the various philosophical objections lodged against it. On this basis ProfessorClark presents an analysis of senosry qualities that offers the possibility of explaining at least some qualia, and he sketches how this scheme might eventually reduce to neurophysiology. If he is correct, we are not doomed to an eternity of mere acquaintance with our qualia.
Austen Clark is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut. He is the author of Psychological Models and Neural Mechanisms: An Examination of Reductionism in Psychology (Clarendon Library of Logic and Philosophy, 1980).
Title:Sensory QualitiesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.67 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Explaining Looks2. Matching and Qualitative Identity3. Quality Space4. Different Modalities5. Defining and Identifying Qualities6. Summary and ConclusionAppendix; Multidimensional ScalingReferences, Index

Editorial Reviews

`Sensory Qualities is a clearly written, informative, and stimulating book ... contains clear accounts of interesting results in the psychophysics and neurophysiology of taste, smell and sound, and an appendix that explains the techniques of multidimensional scaling. Its major contribution... is to have presented a fruitful and interesting way to think about the qualitative character of experience. It may not change minds about the standard arguments against physicalistic theories of qualia, but, in my view, it should.'MIND