Title
Is trilled smell possible? How the structure of olfaction determines the phenomenology of smell Is trilled smell possible? How the structure of olfaction determines the phenomenology of smell
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Arts. Philosophy
Publication type
article
Publication
Thoverton ,
Subject
Philosophy
Source (journal)
Journal of consciousness studies. - Thoverton, 1994, currens
Volume/pages
18(2011) :11-12 , p. 59-95
ISSN
1355-8250
2051-2201
ISI
000297381400004
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Smell sensations are among the most mysterious of conscious experiences and have been cited in defence of the thesis that the character of perceptual experience is independent of the physical events that seem to give rise to it. Here we review the scientific literature on olfaction, and we argue that olfaction has a distinctive profile in relation to the other modalities on four counts: in the physical nature of the stimulus, in the sensorimotor interactions that characterize its use, in the structure of its intramodal distinctions, and in the functional role that it plays in peoples behaviour. We present two thought experiments in which we detail what would be involved in transforming sounds into smells, and also smells into colours. Through these thought experiments, we argue that the experiential character of smell derives precisely from the structural features of olfaction, and that an embodied account of olfactory phenomenology is called for.
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