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"'Unless I put my hand into his side, I will not believe'. The E"pistemic Privilege of Touch

Olivier Massin & Frédérique De Vignemont

Résumé Touch seems to enjoy some epistemic advantage over the other senses when it comes to attest to the reality of external objects. The question is not whether only what appears in tactile experiences is real. It is that only whether appears in tactile experiences feels real to the subject. In this chapter we first clarify how exactly the rather vague idea of an epistemic advantage of touch over the other senses should be interpreted. We then defend a “muscular thesis”, to the effect that only the experience of resistance to our motor efforts, as it arises in effortful touch, presents us with the independent existence of some causally empowered object. We finally consider whether this muscular thesis applies to the perception of our own body.
   
Mots-clés touch
mind-independence
resistance
effort
depersonalization
bodily awareness
feeling of presence
feeling of reality
force
   
Citation Massin, O., & de Vignemont, F. (2020). "'Unless I put my hand into his side, I will not believe'. The E"pistemic Privilege of Touch. In D. Gatzia, & B. Brogaard (Eds.) The Epistemology of Non-Visual Perception. (pp. 165-188). New York: Oxford University Press.
   
Type Chapitre de livre (Anglais)
Année 2020
Editeur Dimitria Gatzia, Berit Brogaard
Titre du livre The Epistemology of Non-Visual Perception
Editeur commercial Oxford University Press (New York)
Pages 165-188