During the discussion at yesterday morning’s symposium Dr V. J. Hamilton, a psychologist from Reading, said that the philosopher’s job is ‘to help the psychologist to introspect on the terminology he is using’. This morning the first paper is by a psychologist, Professor Richard Gregory; the second, by a philosopher, Professor Elizabeth Anscombe. I think Professor Anscombe does just what Dr Hamilton thinks that she, as a philosopher, should be doing. She is helping Professor Gregory to introspect on his terminology. Gregory’s thesis can be stated as being that perceptions have characteristics which are such as to make the term ‘hypothesis’ a good one to use in trying to understand their nature. Anscombe helps him to reflect on the desirability of using this term by drawing attention to respects in which perceptions are not hypotheses, as that term is ordinarily understood.
KeywordsSensory Input Philosophical Investigation Causal Account Reliable Guide Ordinary Meaning
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