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[New Entry by Gary Hatfield on August 2, 2021.] "Sense data", or "sense datum" in the singular, is a technical term in philosophy that means "what is given to sense". Sense data constitute what we, as perceiving subjects, are directly aware of in perceptual experience, prior to cognitive acts such as inferring, judging, or affirming that such-and-such objects or properties are present. In vision, sense data are typically described as patches exhibiting colors and shapes. For the other senses, they would manifest sounds, tastes, odors, and...

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News source: Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

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