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Single Idea 6453

[catalogued under 12. Knowledge Sources / B. Perception / 4. Sense Data / b. Nature of sense-data]

Full Idea

Sometimes it is said that sense-data are public, and parts either of objects or of the surfaces of objects.

Gist of Idea

Some claim sense-data are public, and are parts of objects


A.R. Lacey (A Dictionary of Philosophy [1976], p.196)

Book Reference

Lacey,A.R.: 'A Dictionary of Philosophy' [RKP 1976], p.196

A Reaction

This suggests two drastically different theories, one making sense-data into mental events, the other placing them in the 'external' world. The latter theory can dovetail them with the physics, but then why would we need them?