I would like to thank the Pew Foundation, which funded a Conference held at the Nassau Inn, Princeton, September 6-8 2002, where I read, and received helpful comments on, a version of this paper.
Universals as Sense-data*
Version of Record online: 29 MAY 2007
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research
Volume 71, Issue 3, pages 622–631, November 2005
How to Cite
FORREST, P. (2005), Universals as Sense-data. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 71: 622–631. doi: 10.1111/j.1933-1592.2005.tb00474.x
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This paper concerns the structure of appearances. I argue that to be appeared to in a certain way is to be aware of one or more universals. Universals therefore function like the sense-data, once highly favoured but now out of fashion. For instance, to be appeared to treely, in a visual way, is to be aware of the complex relation, being tree-shaped and tree-coloured and being in front of, a relation of a kind which could be instantiated by a material object and a perceiver, which is thus instantiated in the veridical case but not in the non-veridical.