David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 16 (February):295-311 (1966)
In this paper I set out to solve the problem of how the world as we experience it, full of colours and other sensory qualities, and our inner experiences, can be reconciled with physics. I discuss and reject the views of J. J. C. Smart and Rom Harré. I argue that physics is concerned only to describe a selected aspect of all that there is – the causal aspect which determines how events evolve. Colours and other sensory qualities, lacking causal efficacy, are ignored by physics and cannot be predicted by physical theory. Even though physics is silent about sensory qualities, they nevertheless exist objectively in the world – in one sense of “objective” at least.
|Keywords||Common Sense Dualism Epistemology Mechanism Perception Phenomena Physical Object Physicalism|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Nicholas Maxwell (1968). Understanding Sensations. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 46 (August):127-146.
Maxwell Nicholas (2011). Three Philosophical Problems About Consciousness and Their Possible Resolution. Open Journal of Philosophy 1 (1):1.
Similar books and articles
Brigitte Falkenburg (2011). What Are the Phenomena of Physics? Synthese 182 (1):149-163.
Leonard S. Carrier (1981). Experience And The Objects Of Perception. Washington: University Press Of America.
Nicholas Maxwell (2002). Science and Meaning. The Philosophers' Magazine (18):15-16.
Michael De Medeiros (2010). Common Sense. Weigl Publishers.
Martin E. Lean (1953/1973). Sense-Perception And Matter: A Critical Analysis Of C. D. Broad's Theory Of Perception. Ny: Humanities Press.
Timothy L. S. Sprigge (1966). The Common‐Sense View of Physical Objects. Inquiry 9 (1-4):339-373.
Barry Smith (1995). Formal Ontology, Common Sense, and Cognitive Science. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies 43:641–667.
Jacob J. Ross (1970). The Appeal To The Given: A Study In Epistemology. London,: Allen &Amp; Unwin.
Nicholas Maxwell (1966). Physics and Common Sense. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 16 (February):295-311.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads108 ( #33,825 of 1,790,225 )
Recent downloads (6 months)12 ( #68,955 of 1,790,225 )
How can I increase my downloads?