PF Strawson Takes on AJ Ayer: Perception and Its Objects (Part 1)

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in this first episode of a three part series, I will focus on PF Strawson's 1978 lecture written for the Royal Institute of Philosophy but never delivered 'Perception and Its Objects'. In this lecture, Strawson develops a theory of common sense realism and illustrates his idea of how the average adult perceives the world by contrasting his outlook with AJ Ayer and JL Mackie. In this episode, I mainly focus on AJ Ayers variety of empiricism and ramble on about that thing we do when we open our eyes and see the world and its objects in our visual range. Plus, the usual trivia and whatnot.

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