Which Causes of an Experience are Also Objects of the Experience?

TitleWhich Causes of an Experience are Also Objects of the Experience?
Publication TypeBook Chapter
AuthorsBudek, Tomasz, and Katalin Farkas
EditorsBrogaard, Berit
Book TitleDoes Perception Have Content?
Year2014
Pages351-369
PublisherOxford University Press
Place of PublicationOxford, New York
Publisher linkhttps://global.oup.com/academic/product/does-perception-have-content-9780199756018?cc=hu&lang=en&#
Abstract

It is part of the phenomenology of perceptual experiences that objects seem to be presented to us. The first guide to objects is their perceptual presence. Further reflection shows that we take the objects of our perceptual experiences to be among the causes of our experiences. However, not all causes of the experience are also objects of the experience. This raises the question indicated in the title of this paper. We argue that taking phenomenal presence as the guide to the objects of perception, we can see that at least in two sensory modalities, smell and touch, there is no uniform answer to this question. The objects of olfactory and tactile experiences can move along the causal chain. Accordingly, the content of olfactory and tactile experience may vary.