J. M. Hinton

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John Michael Elliott Hinton (4 July 1923 – 3 February 2000[1]) was a British philosopher. He was a lecturer at the University of Oxford from 1958 and a fellow of Worcester College, Oxford from 1960.[1] He was Cowling Visiting Professor at Carleton College in 1978-79.[2] He was previously a lecturer at Victoria University College.[3]

Hinton is widely cited as the first modern proponent of the disjunctive theory of perception.[4][5] This view is set out in his 1973 book Experiences: An Inquiry Into Some Ambiguities,[6] and in some papers dating as far back as 1966.


  • J. M. Hinton "Seeing and Causes", Philosophy, Oct 1966
  • J. M. Hinton "Visual Experiences", Mind, Vol lxxvi, No 302, April 1967, pp.217-227
  • J. M. Hinton (1967) "Experiences" Philosophical Quarterly 17 (66):1-13.
  • J. Michael Hinton "Perception and Identification", Philosophical Review 76, October 1967, pp.421-435.
  • I. C. Hinckfuss "J.M. Hinton on Visual Experiences" Mind 79 April 1970 pp.278-280.
  • J. M.Hinton "A Reaction to Radical Philosophy", Radical Philosophy 2, Summer 1972, p. 24
  • J. M. Hinton "Visual Experiences: A Reply to I.C. Hinckfuss" Mind 82 (April 1973) pp.278-279.
  • J. M. Hinton Experiences (1973), Clarendon Press, Oxford
  • J. Michael Hinton "This is Visual Sensation" in Renford Bambrough (ed.) "Wisdom: Twelve Essays", Oxford Blackwell, 1974.
  • J. M. Hinton "Phenomenological Specimenism", Analysis Vol. 40 No.1, Jan 1980, pp.37-41
  • J. M. Hinton "Are They Class-names?", Philosophy 57, 1982, pp.27-50
  • Paul Snowdon, "Hinton and the Origins of Disjunctivism", in "Disjunctivism: Perception, Action, Knowledge" ed. by Adrian Haddock and Fiona Macpherson, Oxford: OUP, 2008, pp. 35-56.


  1. ^ a b "Oxford University Gazette, 24 February 2000: Obituaries - Worcester College". Retrieved 2008-04-07.
  2. ^ "Cowling Visiting Professors". Retrieved 2010-03-16.
  3. ^ "Philosophy lecturer J.M. Hinton and Professor George Hughes". Victoria University of Wellington 1899 ~ 1999 A History. Retrieved 2008-06-06.
  4. ^ Alex Byrne and Heather Logue. Disjunctivism: Contemporary Readings.
  5. ^ Snowdon, Paul (1990). "The Objects of Perceptual Experience". Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Supplementary Volumes. 64: 121–166.
  6. ^ John Michael Hinton (1973). Experiences: An Inquiry Into Some Ambiguities. Clarendon Press. Retrieved 2008-04-07.

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