Skip to main content
  • Get access
    Check if you have access via personal or institutional login
  • Cited by 1
  • Cited by
    This chapter has been cited by the following publications. This list is generated based on data provided by CrossRef.

    Gomes, Anil 2016. Naïve Realism In Kantian Phrase. Mind, p. fzw009.

  • Print publication year: 2003
  • Online publication date: March 2008

41 - Sensible appearances

from 10 - Knowledge, language, and the end of metaphysics
The question of realism is intertwined with the discussion of sense perception in much early-twentieth-century English-speaking philosophy. Sense-data are much discussed by many philosophers in the first half of the twentieth century, though few actually advocated the theory. Sense-datum theorists claim that when someone senses, he or she is given a sense-datum in their experience. Within these terms, the problem of perception then becomes that of determining what the relation is between the sense-datum and any material object of perception. On the whole, these authors propose non-physical sense-data as the direct objects of sense without denying that we also sense physical objects. In Moore's case, throughout his writings, the sense-datum theory is combined with a robust and common-sense realism about the ordinary world. One problematic question within both the phenomenological tradition and later interpretations is whether the phenomenologists can, or do, embrace realism about the perceived world.
Recommend this book

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this book to your organisation's collection.

The Cambridge History of Philosophy 1870–1945
  • Online ISBN: 9781139053563
  • Book DOI:
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to *
Anscombe, G. E. M. (1965). ‘The Intentionality of Sensation: A Grammatical Feature’ in Butler, R. J. (ed.), Analytical Philosophy (2nd series), Oxford: Blackwell.
Austin, J. L. (1962). Sense and Sensibilia, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Ayer, A. J. (1940). The Foundations of Empirical Knowledge, London: Macmillan.
Baldwin, T. (1990). G. E. Moore, London: Routledge.
Barnes, W. H. (1945). ‘The Myth of Sense-Data’, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 45. Reprinted 1965 in Swarz, R. (ed.), Perceiving, Sensing, and Knowing, New York: Doubleday.
Brentano, F. (1874). Psychologie vom empirischen Standpunkt, vol. I, edited by Kraus, Oskar in 1924, Hamburg: Felix Meiner Verlag. Trans. 1973 Rancurello, A., Terrell, D., and McAlister, L., Psychology from an Empirical Standpoint, London: Routledge.
Broad, C. D. (1914). Perception, Physics and Reality, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Broad, C. D. (1923). Scientific Thought, London: Kegan Paul.
Broad, C. D. (1925). Mind and its Place in Nature, London: Kegan Paul.
Burnyeat, M. (1979). ‘Conflicting Appearances’, Proceedings of the British Academy 65
Drake, Durant et al. (1920). Essays in Critical Realism: A Cooperative Study of the Problem of Knowledge, New York: Macmillan.
Ducasse, C. J. (1942). ‘Moore’s Refutation from idealism’ in Schilpp, P. A. (ed.), The Philosophy of G. E. Moore, Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press.
Heidegger, M. (1927). Sein und Zeit, Tübingen: Niemeyer. Trans. 1962 Macquarrie, J. and Robinson, E., Being and Time, Oxford: Blackwell.
Hicks Dawes, G. (1917). ‘Are the Materials of Sense Affections of the Mind?’, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 17
Husserl, E. (1900/1). Logische Untersuchungen. Halle: M. Niemayer. Reprinted 1975, 1984 in Husserliana XVIII, XIX, The Hague: Nijhoff. Trans. 1970 Findlay, J. N., Logical Investigations, London: Routledge.
Husserl, E. (1913). Ideen zu einer reinem Phänomenlogie und phänomenologischen Philosophie I, in Jahrbuch für Philosophie und phänomenologische Forschung I. Reprinted 1950 in Husserliana, vol. III, The Hague: Nijhoff. Trans. 1982 Kersten, F., Ideas Pertaining to a Pure Phenomenology and to a Phenomenological Philosophy, vol. I, The Hague: Nijhoff.
Lewis, C. I. (1929). Mind and the World-Order, New York: Charles Scribner’s.
Marion, M. (2000). ‘Oxford Realism: Knowledge and Perception’, British Journal for the History of Philosophy 8–9.
Merleau-Ponty, M. (1942). La Structure de comportement, Paris: Presses Universitaires de France. Trans. 1963 Fisher, A., The Structure of Behavior, Boston, MA: Beacon Press.
Merleau-Ponty, M. (1945). Phénoménologie de la perception, Paris: Gallimard. Trans. 1962 Smith, C., The Phenomenology of Perception, London: Routledge.
Moore, G. E. (1903). ‘The Refutation of Idealism’, Mind 12
Moore, G. E. (1909). ‘The Subject-Matter of Psychology’, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 10
Moore, G. E. (1914). ‘The Status of Sense-Data’, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 14
Moore, G. E. (1925). ‘A Defence of Common Sense’ in Muirhead, J. H. (ed.), Contemporary British Philosophy (2nd series), London: George Allen and Unwin. Reprinted in Baldwin, T. (ed.), G. E. Moore: Selected Writings, London: Routledge.
Moore, G. E. (1942). ‘A Reply to my Critics: 10. Subjectivity of sense-data’, in Schilpp, P. A. (ed.), The Philosophy of G. E. Moore, Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press.
Paul, G. A. (1936). ‘Is there a Problem about Sense-Data?’, Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 15.
Price, H. H. (1932). Perception, London: Methuen.
Prichard, H. (1909). Kant’s Theory of Knowledge, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Prichard, H. (1950). Knowledge and Perception, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Russell, B. A. W. (1912). The Problems of Philosophy, London: Williams and Norgate.
Russell, B. A. W. (1914). Our Knowledge of the External World, Chicago and London: Open Court.
Russell, B. A. W. (1921). The Analysis of Mind, London: George Allen and Unwin.
Sartre, J.-P. (1940). L'Imaginaire, Paris: Gallimard. Trans. 1948 Frechtman, B., The Psychology of the Imagination, New York: Philosophical Library.
Sartre, J.-P. (1943). L'ê tre et le néant, Paris: Gallimard. Trans. 1956 Barnes, H., Being and Nothingness, New York: Philosophical Library; 1957 London: Methuen.
Searle, J. R. (1983). Intentionality, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Sellars, W. (1956). ‘Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind’, in Feigl, H. and Scriven, M. (eds.), Minnesota Studies in the Philosophy of Science 1, Minneapolis: Minnesota University Press. Repr. 1963 in Sellars, W.Science, Perception and Reality, London: Routledge.