Origin of sense datum
First recorded in 1920–25
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Logically a sense-datum is an object, a particular of which the subject is aware.
Further, we know the truth 'I am acquainted with this sense-datum'.The Problems of Philosophy
When I speak of a "sense-datum," I do not mean the whole of what is given in sense at one time.
The sense-datum with which I am acquainted in these cases is generally, if not always, complex.
In looking at a given thing and approaching it, one sense-datum will become several, and each of these will again divide.
- philosophy a sensation detached both from any information it may convey and from its putative source in the external world, such as the bare awareness of a red visual field. Sense data are held by some philosophers to be the immediate objects of experience providing certain knowledge from which knowledge of material objects is inferredSee also representationalism (def. 1), apriorism
- A basic, unanalyzable sensation, such as color, sound, or smell, experienced upon stimulation of a sense organ or receptor.