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Odors, Objects and Olfaction

Cavedon-Taylor, Dan (2018). Odors, Objects and Olfaction. American Philosophical Quarterly, 55(1) pp. 81–94.

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Abstract

Olfaction represents odors, if it represents anything at all. Does olfaction also represent ordinary objects like cheese, fish and coffee-beans? Many think so. This paper argues that it does not. Instead, we should affirm an austere account of the intentional objects of olfaction: olfactory experience is about odors, not objects. Visuocentric thinking about olfaction has tempted some philosophers to say otherwise.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2018 The University of Illinois
ISSN: 2152-1123
Keywords: olfaction; objects of perception; contents of experience
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Philosophy
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
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Item ID: 66778
Depositing User: Dan Cavedon-Taylor
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2019 11:28
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2019 04:30
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/66778
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