Physiology and Language. Epistemological Questions About Scientific Theories of Perception

  • P. Janich
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Physiology, as an old and well-established natural science, shares many characteristics with other natural sciences. It has developed its own methods of gaining experience by systematic observation and experiment, it looks for causal explanations of natural events and tries to formulate universal laws. Mutatis mutandis, physiology is a natural science very much like physics, and it can be described by using precisely the same philosophical vocabulary. This may be obvious; however, it hints at the fact that physiologists share another important trait with their colleagues in the physics department: they need, and in fact, do have their own specific philosophy.


Sensory Perception Outer World Linguistic Description Epistemological Question Perceivable World 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Janich
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  1. 1.Institut für PhilosophiePhilipps-UniversitätMarburgGermany

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