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A Note on the Significance of the Surface Inquiry

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It is a plain fact that the backs of solid objects are not in view. This has no skeptical significance, for reasons Austin explains. Skeptical implications could attach only to a corresponding non-plain fact. This brings out a distinctive interest in Clarke’s surface inquiry.

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1. Austin J.L. (1962). Sense and Sensibilia. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
2. ——. (1979). “"Other Minds",” 76–116 in his Philosophical Papers. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
3. Alsaleh C., & Le Goff A.. (2013). Lire L’esprit et le monde de John McDowell. Paris: Vrin.
4. Clarke T., (1965). “"Seeing Surfaces and Physical Objects",” 98114 in Black M. (ed.), Philosophy in America. London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd.
5. McDowell J. (2013). “"Réponse à Narboux",” 249255 in Alsaleh & Le Goff (2013).
6. Narboux J.-P. (2013). “"Voir, dire, et dire voir",” 1335 in Alsaleh & Le Goff (2013).

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