In Defense of Medial Theories of Sound

American Philosophical Quarterly 55 (3):293-302 (2018)
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In the recent literature on the nature of sound, there is an emerging consensus rejection of what might be thought of as the scientifically informed commonsense position: that sounds, whatever else they may be, must be entities that mediate between the source of the sound and the subject hearing it. This paper offers an argument for such "medial" theories of sound. This argument is intended to shift attention from the two considerations that have dominated the debate thus far: the relevant scientific facts about audition and the spatial phenomenology of auditory experience.



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Phillip John Meadows
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