chapter  7
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The Intentional and Adverbial Theories

The conclusion at the end of the previous chapter was that perception does involve a subjective phenomenal content of a kind normally identified with the sense-datum theory. The purpose of this chapter is to see whether one can accept the existence of this content whilst giving it a different interpretation from a sense-datum one. So the argument henceforward takes for granted the falsehood of the disjunctive analysis and accepts the existence of a phenomenal element common to perception and appropriately caused veridical hallucination, and is concerned to see whether there is some way of construing this common element which can save some kind of naive or direct realism-or, at least, to refashion a theory in some way closer to naive realism than is the sense-datum theory.