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date: 18 November 2018

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This chapter presents an account of auditory perception. Its focus is the question of how we perceive the sources of sounds (the sound-producing events) that we take ourselves to hear. The chapter begins by surveying two ways of answering that question—the epistemic account, and the demonstrative account—and argues that neither is adequate. An alternative account—the representational account—is set out and defended. According to this account, auditory experience represents both sounds (and their acoustic properties) and the sources of sounds. What this means is explained, and empirical evidence in support of the account is described.

Keywords: auditory perception, hearing, sounds, sound-producing events, acoustic properties

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