David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Philosophical Quarterly 50 (196):309-24 (1999)
Our standard view about sound is incoherent. On the one hand, we suppose that sound is a quality, not of the object that makes the sound, but of the surrounding medium. This is the supposition of our ordinary language, modern science and a long philosophical tradition. On the other hand, we suppose that sound is the object of hearing. This too is the assumption of ordinary language, modern science and a long philosophical tradition. Yet these two assumptions cannot both be right – not unless we wish to concede that hearing is illusory and that we do not listen to the objects that make sounds. To avoid these consequences we must recognize and repair the inconsistencies contained in our standard view of what sound is. I offer an account that describes sound as a quality belonging, not to the medium, but to the object that makes the sound
|Keywords||Definition Explanation History Science Sound|
|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
Mark A. Johnstone (2013). Aristotle on Sounds. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 21 (5):631-48.
Mohan Matthen (2010). On the Diversity of Auditory Objects. Review of Philosophy and Psychology 1 (1):63-89.
Louise Richardson (2013). Sniffing and Smelling. Philosophical Studies 162 (2):401-419.
Casey O'Callaghan (2010). Perceiving the Locations of Sounds. Review of Philosophy and Psychology 1 (1):123--140.
Casey O'Callaghan (2011). Lessons From Beyond Vision (Sounds and Audition). Philosophical Studies 153 (1):143-160.
Similar books and articles
Brian O'Shaughnessy (1957). The Location of Sound. Mind 66 (October):471-490.
Víctor Sánchez Valencia (1997). Head or Tail? De Morgan on the Bounds of Traditional Logic. History and Philosophy of Logic 18 (3):123-138.
Robert Brown (1957). Sound Sleep and Sound Scepticism. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 35 (May):47-53.
Steven A. Stegeman (2011). Unfolding Mozi's Standard of Sound Doctrine. Asian Philosophy 21 (3):227 - 239.
P. Kerszberg (1999). The Sound of the Life-World. Continental Philosophy Review 32 (2):169-194.
Casey O'Callaghan (2007). Echoes. The Monist 90 (3):403-414.
Irving F. Laucks (1959). Was Newton Right After All? Philosophy of Science 26 (3):229-239.
C. W. Berenda (1968). Phonons--The Quantization of Sound (And Kant's Second Antinomy. Philosophy of Science 35 (2):179 - 184.
Katerina Kantartzis, Mutsumi Imai & Sotaro Kita (2011). Japanese Sound-Symbolism Facilitates Word Learning in English-Speaking Children. Cognitive Science 35 (3):575-586.
Robert Pasnau (2000). Sensible Qualities: The Case of Sound. Journal of the History of Philosophy 38 (1):27-40.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads71 ( #24,994 of 1,679,436 )
Recent downloads (6 months)7 ( #33,669 of 1,679,436 )
How can I increase my downloads?