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Some varieties of Spatial Hearing

Abstract : We provide some meta-theoretical constraints for the evaluation of a-spatial theories of sounds and auditory perception. We point out some forms of spatial content auditory experience can have. If auditory experience does not necessarily have a rich egocentric spatial content (the kind of content that enables the hearer to locate sources in her egocentric space --for instance, to the left and far away), it must have some spatial content for the relevant mode of perception to be recognizably auditory. An auditory experience devoid of any spatial content, if the notion makes sense at all, would be very different from the auditory experiences we actually enjoy. This is enough to dismiss current a-spatial theories of auditory perception. As a consequence, our initial taxonomy of proximal, medial, and distal theories, as well as our phenomenological argument in favor of distal theories, are still topical.
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Roberto Casati, Jérôme Dokic. Some varieties of Spatial Hearing. M. Nudds, C. O'Callaghan. Sounds and perception: new philosophical essays, Oxford University Press, pp.97-110., 2009. ⟨ijn_00595500⟩



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