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Sensory Integration and the Unity of Consciousness$
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David J. Bennett and Christopher S. Hill

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262027786

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262027786.001.0001

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Berkeley, Reid, and Sinha on Molyneux’s Question

Berkeley, Reid, and Sinha on Molyneux’s Question

(p.193) 9 Berkeley, Reid, and Sinha on Molyneux’s Question
Sensory Integration and the Unity of Consciousness

James Van Cleve

The MIT Press

Molyneux’s question, first posed over three centuries ago, concerns cross-modal transfer: would a man born blind and made to see be able to recognize by sight alone the shapes of objects he formerly knew by touch? Berkeley famously answered no; his critic Reid said yes. Until recently, the empirical evidence bearing on the question was equivocal.Thanks now to Pawan Sinha and his collaborators in Project Prakash, we are starting to get direct empirical evidence that the answer is no. In this chapter, James Van Cleve critically discusses the question itself and the answers to it offered by Berkeley, Reid, and Sinha.

Keywords:   Molyneux’s question, Bishop Berkeley, Thomas Reid, PawanSinha, Cross-modal transfer

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