Odors, Objects and Olfaction

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

URL: https://apq.press.uillinois.edu/55/1/cavedon-taylo...


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.

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