Philosophical Studies

, Volume 173, Issue 12, pp 3223–3229

On the generality of experience: a reply to French and Gomes


DOI: 10.1007/s11098-016-0659-6

Cite this article as:
Mehta, N. & Ganson, T. Philos Stud (2016) 173: 3223. doi:10.1007/s11098-016-0659-6


According to phenomenal particularism, external particulars are sometimes part of the phenomenal character of experience. Mehta (J Philos 111:311–331, 2014) criticizes this view, and French and Gomes (Philos Stud 173(2):451–460, 2016) have attempted to show that phenomenal particularists have the resources to respond to Mehta’s criticisms. We argue that French and Gomes have failed to appreciate the force of Mehta’s original arguments. When properly interpreted, Mehta’s arguments provide a strong case in favor of phenomenal generalism, the view that external particulars are never part of phenomenal character.


Phenomenal particularism Phenomenal generalism Phenomenal character Naive realism Particularity of experience 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Yale-NUS CollegeSingaporeSingapore
  2. 2.Oberlin CollegeOberlinUSA

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