On the generality of experience: a reply to French and Gomes

Philosophical Studies 173 (12):3223-3229 (2016)
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Neil Mehta
Yale-NUS College
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According to phenomenal particularism, external particulars are sometimes part of the phenomenal character of experience. Mehta criticizes this view, and French and Gomes :451–460, 2016) have attempted to show that phenomenal particularists have the resources to respond to Mehta’s criticisms. We argue that French and Gomes have failed to appreciate the force of Mehta’s original arguments. When properly interpreted, Mehta’s arguments provide a strong case in favor of phenomenal generalism, the view that external particulars are never part of phenomenal character.
Keywords Phenomenal particularism  Phenomenal generalism  Phenomenal character  Naive realism  Particularity of experience
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DOI 10.1007/s11098-016-0659-6
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