Sleeping and Waking
MacDonald (Margaret)
Source: Gustafson - Essays in Philosophical Psychology
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    In this article the author takes issue with the cartesian lament, "there exists no certain marks by which the state of waking may be distinguished from sleep1." This amounts to incurable scepticism of the senses and the author challenges that "(1) the assumption that waking illusions and hallucinations constitute with dreams a progressively degenerating perceptual series differing only in the degree of deception, and (2) the assumption that dreams are 'painted' or any other kind of representation of what is perceived or experienced when awake." (Staff)

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