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What do our experiences of heat and cold represent?

Gray, Richard ORCID: 2013. What do our experiences of heat and cold represent? Philosophical Studies 166 (1 Supp) , pp. 131-151. 10.1007/s11098-012-0083-5

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Our experiences of heat and cold are usually thought to represent states of things: their hotness and coldness. I propose a novel account according to which their contents are not states of things but processes, more specifically, the opposite processes of thermal energy being transmitted to and from the body, respectively. I call this account the Heat Exchange Model of heat perception. Having set out the evidence in support of the proposal, I conclude by showing how it provides a new perspective on some old problems.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Heat perception; Representational content of experience; Phenomenal character; Touch
Additional Information: Online publication date: 20 December 2012.
Publisher: Springer Verlag
ISSN: 0031-8116
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2024 03:06

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