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Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics

, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp 159–191 | Cite as

Perception, illusion, and hallucination

  • Kazem Sadegh-Zadeh
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Abstract

Patrick Suppes' set-theoretical approach to the analysis of theories, and Joseph D. Sneed's metatheory are briefly outlined. The notions of observation, illusion and hallucination are reconstructed according to these approaches. It is argued that the terms ‘perception’ and ‘truth’ are theoretical with respect to observation but nontheoretical with respect to illusion and hallucination. Hallucination is construed as a special kind of illusion.

Key words

Hallucination Illusion Observation Perception Truth Suppes Sneed Theoretical concepts Theories Intertheoretic relations Epistemology of medicine 

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  • Kazem Sadegh-Zadeh
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  1. 1.Institut für Theorie und Geschichte der MedizinMunster

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