On Privations and Their Perception

Acta Analytica 26 (2):175-186 (2011)

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Casey O'Callaghan
Washington University in St. Louis
Abstract
Despite its admirable bottom-up methodology, Roy Sorensen's Seeing Dark Things (OUP, 2008) raises difficult theoretical questions concerning the metaphysics and perception of absences. Metaphysical difficulties include how to individuate, count, locate, and classify absences, and what determines their features. Perceptual difficulties include how to distinguish experiences of absences and presences, especially when nonveridical, and what subjects contribute to perceptual experience according to Sorensen's causal theory. In addition to articulating these difficulties, this paper also presents and explores, on Sorensen's terms, an alternative account of silence.
Keywords Absences  Silence  Sound  Perceptual awareness
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DOI 10.1007/s12136-010-0101-1
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