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Single Idea 15818

[catalogued under 12. Knowledge Sources / B. Perception / 8. Adverbial Theory]

Full Idea

We may summarise my way of looking at appearing by saying that so-called appearances or sense-data are 'affections' or 'modifications' of the person who is said to experience them.

Gist of Idea

So called 'sense-data' are best seen as 'modifications' of the person experiencing them


Roderick Chisholm (Person and Object [1976], 1.8)

Book Reference

Chisholm,Roderick: 'Person and Object' [Open Court 1976], p.50

A Reaction

Hm. That seems to transfer the ontological problem of the redness of the tomato from the tomato to the perceiver, but leave the basic difficulty untouched. I think we need to pull apart the intrinsic and subjective ingredients here.