Local Sign Theory

Discipline: Philosophy

Theory, originated by German philosopher Rudolph Hermann Lotze (1817-1881), that we assign a bodily location to the cause of a bodily sensation (for example, we come to treat a pain as 'in' our right hand) because of a special quality which the sensation has.

This special quality we come to associate with the location of its cause through experience and inference.

Source:
G N A Vesey, The Embodied Mind (1965), ch. 4

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