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The inner touch: archaeology of a sensation

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Down the ages, great minds have explored the

    idea that sentient life incorporates a distinctive

    and elusive feature––a feature that cannot be

    wholly captured in terms of the qualitative

    character associated with what the individual

    senses are designed to track when performing

    their offices in enabling creatures to navigate

    the external world. From Aristotle onwards,

    rich attention has been paid to this alleged sense

    (or feeling) of living, of existing, or of one’s

    lived body and so on. The feeling in question

    purportedly is that which attends all unimpaired

    sentient activity (and possibly even its

    absence)––it has been thought of as a kind of

    animal feeling, that can be disrupted or made

    more manifest by certain psychological and

    medical disorders.

Publication Date


  • 2009

Citation


  • Hutto, D. D. (2009). The inner touch: archaeology of a sensation. The European Legacy: toward new paradigms, 14 (2), 226-227.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/726

Number Of Pages


  • 1

Start Page


  • 226

End Page


  • 227

Volume


  • 14

Issue


  • 2

Abstract


  • Down the ages, great minds have explored the

    idea that sentient life incorporates a distinctive

    and elusive feature––a feature that cannot be

    wholly captured in terms of the qualitative

    character associated with what the individual

    senses are designed to track when performing

    their offices in enabling creatures to navigate

    the external world. From Aristotle onwards,

    rich attention has been paid to this alleged sense

    (or feeling) of living, of existing, or of one’s

    lived body and so on. The feeling in question

    purportedly is that which attends all unimpaired

    sentient activity (and possibly even its

    absence)––it has been thought of as a kind of

    animal feeling, that can be disrupted or made

    more manifest by certain psychological and

    medical disorders.

Publication Date


  • 2009

Citation


  • Hutto, D. D. (2009). The inner touch: archaeology of a sensation. The European Legacy: toward new paradigms, 14 (2), 226-227.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/726

Number Of Pages


  • 1

Start Page


  • 226

End Page


  • 227

Volume


  • 14

Issue


  • 2