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Mental states, adverbial theory of

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-V002-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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According to the adverbial theory, there are no mental objects of experience, no pains, itches, tickles, after-images, appearances. People certainly feel pains and have after-images; external objects certainly present appearances to people viewing them. But pains, after-images, and appearances are not real things. Statements which purport to be about such mental objects have a misleading grammatical form. In reality, such statements are about the ways in which people experience or sense or feel.

Citing this article:
Tye, Michael. Mental states, adverbial theory of, 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-V002-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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