One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A sense datum.
- ‘If we are to be useful transcendentalists we may have to listen away from things, listen through things, perceive the inner core of an aural (and indeed visual and other) sensa, to the depth dimension of whatever it is, the referent.’
- ‘In his Association theory Carington viewed the ‘field of consciousness’ as consisting of ‘associative groupings of psychons,’ that is, sensa and images.’
- ‘Thus ‘sense-data are sensa’ is not a tautology, but a synthetic proposition.’
Mid 19th century: modern Latin, ‘something sensed’, neuter past participle of Latin sentire ‘feel’.
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