Sensations and Perceptions

  • Georg Henrik von Wright
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 272)


“I see a bird over there”. If this is true, there is a bird over there. If not true I, at most, seemed to see or thought I saw a bird over there. In both cases I had a sensation, I sensed something, but only in the first case did I have a perception, did I perceive something. That is: this is both a useful and a common way of distinguishing between “sensation” and “perception”.


Visual Field Subjective Experience Pain Behaviour Colour Word Perceptual Object 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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  1. von Wright, G. H. (1984), Truth, Knowledge, and Modality. Oxford, Basil Blackwell.Google Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Georg Henrik von Wright
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Academy of FinlandHelsinkiFinland
  2. 2.University of HelsinkiFinland

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