A Study in Phenomenalism

James Giles

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    Phenomenalism is a philosophical theory of perception involving the idea that statements about material objects can be explained in terms of statements about actual and possible sense experiences. In this study James Giles explores the development of phenomenalism through the works of Locke, Berkeley, Hume, and others. He shows how problems occur for phenomenalists precisely at the point where they abandon their empiricism. Holding to empiricism, Giles then presents his own version of phenomenalism as a metaphysical thesis in which the material objects are constructed out of sense experience. He then argues that the major critiques of phenomenalism, including Wittgenstein’s private language argument and Sellars’ famous attack on the ‘myth of the given’, all fail to dislodge the basic phenomenalist insights.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationAalborg
    PublisherInstitut for sprog og internationale kulturstudier, Aalborg Universitet
    ISBN (Print)8789170377
    Publication statusPublished - 1994
    SeriesArbejdspapirer : Institut for Sprog og Internationale Kulturstudier
    Number22
    ISSN0902-9958

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    Phenomenalism
    Material Objects
    Empiricism
    Private Language Argument
    Attack
    Theories of Perception
    Philosophical Theories
    Metaphysical
    Myth of the Given

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    Giles, J. (1994). A Study in Phenomenalism. Aalborg: Institut for sprog og internationale kulturstudier, Aalborg Universitet. Arbejdspapirer : Institut for Sprog og Internationale Kulturstudier, No. 22
    Giles, James. / A Study in Phenomenalism. Aalborg : Institut for sprog og internationale kulturstudier, Aalborg Universitet, 1994. (Arbejdspapirer : Institut for Sprog og Internationale Kulturstudier; No. 22).
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