Seeing the Same Thing

Matthew D. Lund

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


It was clear in the preceding chapter that if one interpreted “seeing the sun” as “having a normal retinal reaction to the sun,” then our thirteenth and twentieth century astronomers do indeed see the same thing. But we noted a good many objections to interpreting seeing in this way. We found many cases where it could be established that a person’s retinal reaction to the sun was altogether normal, and yet the person would not be said to be seeing the sun—because of distraction, hypnosis, intoxication, somnambulism, paresis, etc.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSynthese Library
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media B.V.
Number of pages11
StatePublished - 2018

Publication series

NameSynthese Library
ISSN (Print)0166-6991
ISSN (Electronic)2542-8292

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • History
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Logic


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