sense datum


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sense datum

n.
A basic unanalyzable sensation, such as a color or smell, experienced upon stimulation of a sense organ or receptor.
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For example, when discussing the 'veil of perception' objection to the sense datum theory (the objection that positing sense data of the object of awareness of perception threatens the very intelligibility of saying that we perceive physical objects) Fish mentions one sense datum reply.
When the brain has one of its experiences as of seeing a unicorn, the unicorn sense datum appears "in front of the brain.
on sense datum, adverbial, and disjunctivist theories) are more clearly structured in terms of statement of the central claims, presentation of the relevant objections and available responses, and overall evaluation, others (e.