What do our experiences of heat and cold represent?
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Our experiences of heat and cold are usually thought to represent states of things: their hotness and coldness. I propose a novel account according to which their contents are not states of things but processes, more specifically, the opposite processes of thermal energy being transmitted to and from the body, respectively. I call this account the Heat Exchange Model of heat perception. Having set out the evidence in support of the proposal, I conclude by showing how it provides a new perspective on some old problems.
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- What do our experiences of heat and cold represent?
Volume 166, Issue 1 Supplement, pp 131-151
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- Heat perception
- Representational content of experience
- Phenomenal character
- Richard Gray (1)
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- 1. Cardiff University, Humanities Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU, UK