Touch as a special spatial sense
Ophelia Deroy (Ludwig Maximilians Universität, München, Institute of Philosophy, University of London)

part of: Numbers, Minds, and Magnitudes
June 1, 2019, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Department of Philosophy, New College of the Humanities

19 Bedford Square
London WC1B 3HH
United Kingdom

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Is touch special when it comes to our perception of spatially

 extended objects? Certainly, the claim that touching an object, or estimating

 its length by touch is more reliable or objective that seeing the

 same object or estimating its length by vision, is difficult to support

 in the light of our scientific understanding of perception. Both senses

 can be misleading, or accurate, depending on contexts. In this talk, I

 suggest that the distinctive character of touch still shows at a

 subjective level, as we are more certain of what we touch than what

 we see. I will argue also that this distinction regards spatial

 estimates, and not temporal ones.

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