Philosophy of Phenomenal Experiences


We all want to be phenomenal pianists. Phenomenal experiences involve being attuned to our instruments, focusing on appropriate actions, and using the tools appropriately. With practice, however, this phenomenal experience shifts to a more thoughtful focus on planning, anticipating special backhands, and listening to auditory feedback to create music that elicits emotions. However, these experiences vary based on the individual, context, previous experiences, and immediate needs.

Perceptual experiences

A case in point is the belief that the red tomato is round and exists. This belief is formed by ordinary sighted subjects on the basis of their visual experience. The phenomenal approach may support this belief. However, a counter-example would be an exogenous sensation with no representational content. For example, a Swampman is formed molecule by molecule from a swamp chemical reaction caused by a partially submerged log struck by lightning.

A popular theory of perception asserts that all experiences are conscious. This conscious character is a key feature of what makes an experience phenomenal. Although many philosophers debate the nature of perceptual consciousness and its importance to epistemology, a phenomenal view focuses on the conscious character of experiences. The implications of this view go beyond simple epistemology and physiology. In fact, it can be applied to the analysis of other senses as well.

Perceptual beliefs

The question of whether we perceive phenomena is the subject’s own, independent creation, rather than the result of external influences. This has important implications for our understanding of how perception occurs. While the first approach posits that perception is purely a function of information processing and data transfer, the second view argues that the phenomena we perceive are mental representations of actual objects. Both views are correct, though the latter may lead to a finite regress.

The phenomenal approach takes a similar tack, with a focus on consciousness as part of an experience. Rather than claiming that every experience has a conscious character, the phenomenal approach stresses the conscious character of the experience. While there are many debates regarding the nature of perceptual consciousness, this approach argues that the experience of a tomato has some intrinsically conscious character. This view, called phenomenal, has its own implications for epistemology of perception.

Perceptual experiences of void

The existence of a world of void in which the external world does not exist has long puzzled neuroscientists. However, an intriguing and controversial theory has recently emerged describing the experience of void as an internal void. A theory of perceptual experiences based on this concept is known as the phenomenal approach. This theory explains that the void we perceive is a ‘conscious’ experience. It is also a popular explanation for phantoms, ghosts, and other mysterious objects.

Perceptual beliefs about void

A philosophical debate over the existence of the void continues to rage, despite the fact that many people believe in its existence. Some philosophers claim that perceptual beliefs provide the justification for reality. A coherentist rejects this claim. There is no definitive proof that any perceptual belief is true. Some philosophers are unsure of whether a perceptual belief is true or false. Neither side seems able to agree on this question.

In the first debate, Armstrong claimed that our beliefs about the void were based on our experience of it. This view is untenable because no experience of the void is capable of providing such justification. However, coherenceists and coherentists reject this claim and argue that perceptual knowledge is independent of a person’s experience. Therefore, Armstrong’s claim has merit. Nevertheless, he was able to convince the audience that the void does exist, but he did not convince him.