Disjunctivism Contemporary Readings

ISBN-10: 0262524902
ISBN-13: 9780262524902
Edition: 2009
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List price: $38.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 12/19/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

A central debate in contemporary philosophy of perception concerns the disjunctive theory of perceptual experience. Until the 1960s, philosophers of perception generally assumed that a veridical perception (a perceptual experience that presents the world as it really is) and a subjectively similar hallucination must have significant mental commonalities. Disjunctivists challenge this assumption, contending that the veridical perception and the corresponding hallucination share no mental core. Suppose that while you are looking at a lemon, God suddenly removes it, while keeping your brain activity constant. Although you notice no change, disjunctivists argue that the preremoval and postremoval experiences are radically different. Disjunctivism has gained prominent supporters in recent years, as well as attracting much criticism. This reader collects for the first time in one volume classic texts that define and react to disjunctivism. These include an excerpt from a book by the late J. M. Hinton, who was the first to propose an explicitly disjunctivist position, and papers stating a number of important objections. Contributors: Alex Byrne, Jonathan Dancy, J. M. Hinton, Mark Johnston, Harold Langsam, Heather Logue, M. G. F. Martin, John McDowell, Alan Millar, Howard Robinson, A. D. Smith, Paul Snowdon MIT Readers in Contemporary Philosophy

Heather Logue is a graduate student in Philosophy at MIT.

Introduction
Visual Experiences
Selections from Experiences
Perception, Vision, and Causation
The Objects of Perceptual Experience
Selections from "Criteria, Defeasibility, and Knowledge"
The Reality of Appearances
Arguments from Illusion
The Idea of Experience
Selections from Perception
Selections from The Problem of Perception
The Theory of Appearing Defended
The Obscure Object of Hallucination
The Limits of Self-Awareness
Bibliography
Contributors
Index

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