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Phenomenalism

  • A. J. Ayer

Abstract

I shall be concerned in this paper with phenomenalism as a theory of perception. In the form in which it is usually held nowadays, it is the theory that physical objects are logical constructions out of sense-data. Assuming that we understand what is meant by a physical object, in the sense in which chairs and tables and match-boxes are physical objects, we are left with the questions: What is a logical construction? and What are sense-data? At the risk of repeating an excessively familiar story, I shall begin with the sense-data.

Keywords

Physical Object Physical Level Causal Property Logical Construction Philosophical Essay 
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Notes

  1. 1.
    G. F. Stout, ‘Phenomenalism’, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, 1938–39.Google Scholar
  2. 1.
    W. F. R. Hardie, ‘The Paradox of Phenomenalism’, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, 1945–46.Google Scholar

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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1972

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. J. Ayer
    • 1
  1. 1.University of OxfordUK

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