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Single Idea 2615

[catalogued under 12. Knowledge Sources / B. Perception / 4. Sense Data / a. Sense-data theory]

Full Idea

The introduction of the term 'sense-datum' is a means of referring to appearances without prejudging the question of what it is, if anything, that they are appearances of.

Gist of Idea

The concept of sense-data allows us to discuss appearances without worrying about reality

Source

A.J. Ayer (Phenomenalism [1947], 1)

Book Reference

Ayer,A.J.: 'Philosophical Essays' [Macmillan 1965], p.131