Meeting of the Aristotelian Society held at Senate House, University of London, on 23 May 2011 at 4:15 p.m.
XIII—Hearing Properties, Effects or Parts?
Article first published online: 23 DEC 2011
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Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society (Hardback)
Volume 111, Issue 3pt3, pages 375–405, October 2011
How to Cite
O'Callaghan, C. (2011), XIII—Hearing Properties, Effects or Parts?. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society (Hardback), 111: 375–405. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9264.2011.00315.x
- Issue published online: 23 DEC 2011
- Article first published online: 23 DEC 2011
Sounds are audible, and sound sources are audible. What is the audible relation between audible sounds and audible sources? Common talk and philosophy suggest three candidates. The first is that sounds audibly are properties instantiated by their sources. I argue that sounds are audible individuals and thus are not audibly instantiated by audible sources. The second is that sounds audibly are effects of their sources. I argue that auditory experience presents no compelling evidence that sounds audibly are causally related to audible sources. The third is that sounds audibly are related mereologically to their sources. I present and offer a defence of this third candidate.