(2019) Husserl Studies 35 (1).

The sense of deception

illusion and hallucination as nullified, invalid perception

Andrea Cimino

pp. 27-49

The present study attempts to reconstruct Husserl's account of empirical illusion and hallucination and disclose the significance of sense-deception in Husserl's phenomenology. By clarifying the relation between the "leibhaftige presence" and "existence" of perceived objects, I shall be able to contend that illusion and hallucination are nullified, invalid perceptions. Non-existence or in-actuality is a form of invalidity: the Ungültigkeit of what demands its insertion in the totality of actual existence. Husserl elaborates an ex-negativo account of in-actuality, in which sensory deception refers to a modal modification, which is always relative and contextual in relation to the total nexus of experience in its intersubjectively validated and harmonious unfolding.

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DOI: 10.1007/s10743-018-9238-3

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Cimino, A. (2019). The sense of deception: illusion and hallucination as nullified, invalid perception. Husserl Studies 35 (1), pp. 27-49.

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