Sounds and Perception: New Philosophical Essays

ISBN : 9780199666362

Matthew Nudds; Casey O'Callaghan
280 Pages
157 x 235 mm
Pub date
Dec 2012
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Sounds and Perception is a collection of original essays on auditory perception and the nature of sounds - an emerging area of interest in the philosophy of mind and perception, and in the metaphysics of sensible qualities. The individual essays discuss a wide range of issues, including the nature of sound, the spatial aspects of auditory experience, hearing silence, musical experience, and the perception of speech; a substantial introduction by the editors serves to contextualise the essays and make connections between them. This collection will serve both as an introduction to the nature of auditory perception and as the definitive resource for coverage of the main questions that constitute the philosophy of sounds and audition. The views are original, and there is substantive engagement among contributors. This collection will stimulate future research in this area.


1. Introduction: the philosophy of sounds and auditory perception
2. Sounds and events
3. Sounds as secondary objects and pure events
4. Sounds and space
5. Some varieties of spatial hearing
6. The location of a perceived sound
7. Hearing silence: the perception and introspection of absences
8. The sound of music
9. Speech sounds and the direct meeting of minds
10. The Motor Theory of speech perception
11. Philosophical messages in the medium of spoken language

About the author: 

Matthew Nudds is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. ; Casey O'Callaghan is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Rice University, and formerly taught at Bates College in Maine. He is the author of Sounds: A Philosophical Theory (OUP, 2007)

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