David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
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Philosophia 37 (4):589-604 (2009)
The aim of this article is to give both a sustained interpretation of Wittgenstein’s obscure remarks on the experience of meaning of language, synthaesthesia and secondary use and to apply his insights to recent philosophical discussions about synthaesthesia. I argue that synthaesthesia and experience of meaning are conceptually related to aspect-seeing. The concept of aspect-seeing is not reducible to either seeing or imaging but involves a modified notion of experience. Likewise, synthaesthesia involves a modified notion of experience. In particular, the concept of synthaesthesia involves a secondary use of ‘experience’ and hence is intrinsically dependent on the primary use of language. Recent discussions tend to overlook this distinction between the primary and secondary use of language
|Keywords||Wittgenstein Synaesthesia Aspect-seeing Neuroscience Ramachandran Experience of meaning Imaging McGinn|
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