Silence revisited: Taking the sight out of auditory qualities

Review of Metaphysics 50 (2):275-298 (1996)
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Abstract

At best, silence is a slippery topic. On the surface, silence might be easily explained as merely the absence of noise or the cessation of speech. Yet, these are only the dispositions for the experience of silence. Where silence can express itself in a solitary walk, the sadness of death, or in the calm of a serious argument, we are able to attribute various layers of meaning to the experience of silence as well as distinguish its presence qualitatively by employing such terms as deep silence, true silence, or open silence.

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