Philosophical Studies

, Volume 174, Issue 11, pp 2629–2643 | Cite as

Towards a rich view of auditory experience

  • Elvira Di BonaEmail author


In this paper I will argue that the gender properties expressed by human voices are part of auditory phenomenology. I will support this claim by investigating auditory adaptational effects on such properties and contrasting auditory experiences, before and after the adaptational effects take place. In light of this investigation, I will conclude that auditory experience is not limited to low-level properties. Perception appears to be much more informative about the auditory landscape than is commonly thought.


Auditory experience Rich view of perceptual content Sound Adaptational effects Method of contrast 



Earlier versions of this paper have benefited from discussions with Claire Benn, Ned Block, Roberto Casati, Bence Nanay, Matthew Nudds, Casey O’Callaghan, Krisztina Orban, Olla Solomyak, Alberto Voltolini, and Uri Weiss. I am particularly grateful to Sharon Berry, Stefano Ercolino, Susanna Siegel, Hong Yu Wong, and the anonymous referees for their insightful comments. This work has been initially supported by the Fondazione Franco and Marilisa Caligara and the University of Turin.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Polonsky Academy FellowThe Van Leer Jerusalem InstituteJerusalemIsrael

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