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Odors, objects and olfaction

Odors, objects and olfaction
Odors, objects and olfaction
Olfaction represents odors, if it represents anything at all. Does olfaction also represent ordinary objects like cheese, fish, and coffee beans? Many think so. It is argued here that such a view is in error. 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.
2152-1123
81-94
Cavedon-Taylor, Daniel
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Cavedon-Taylor, Daniel
23ff735a-7f44-437f-9f42-d2002cf8de8a

Cavedon-Taylor, Daniel (2018) Odors, objects and olfaction. American Philosophical Quarterly, 55 (1), 81-94.

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Olfaction represents odors, if it represents anything at all. Does olfaction also represent ordinary objects like cheese, fish, and coffee beans? Many think so. It is argued here that such a view is in error. 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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Accepted/In Press date: 19 July 2016
Published date: 1 January 2018
Organisations: Philosophy

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Local EPrints ID: 405199
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/405199
ISSN: 2152-1123
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Date deposited: 30 Jan 2017 11:56
Last modified: 17 Dec 2019 06:25

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