Philosophy of Perception A Contemporary Introduction

ISBN-10: 041599912X
ISBN-13: 9780415999120
Edition: 2010
Authors: William Fish
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Book details

Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 4/22/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 204
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.572
Language: English

The philosophy of perception investigates the nature of our sensory experiences and their relation to reality. Raising questions about the conscious character of perceptual experiences, how they enable us to acquire knowledge of the world in which we live, and what exactly it is we are aware of when we hallucinate or dream, the philosophy of perception is a growing area of interest in metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of mind.William Fish’s Philosophy of Perception introduces the subject thematically, setting out the major theories of perception together with their motivations and attendant problems. While providing historical background to debates in the field, this comprehensive overview focuses on recent presentations and defenses of the different theories, and looks beyond visual perception to take into account the role of other senses.Topics covered include:The Phenomenal PrinciplePerception and HallucinationPerception and ContentSense-Data, Adverbialism and IdealismDisjunctivism and RelationalismIntentionalism and Combined TheoriesThe Nature of ContentVeridicalityPerception and Empirical ScienceNon-Visual PerceptionWith summaries and suggested further reading at the end of each chapter, this is an ideal introduction to the philosophy of perception.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Three key principles
Overview
Three key principles
Conclusion
Questions
Notes
Sense datum theories
Overview
The Phenomenal Principle and misleading experiences
Sense data and the Common Factor Principle
The time lag argument
Sense datum theory formalized
Sense datum theory and the two hats
Sense datum theory and the Representational Principle
The sensory core theory
Percept theory
Sensory core theory, percept theory, and the two hats
Metaphysical objections to mental objects
Questions
Notes
Further reading
Adverbial theories
Overview
Adverbialism
Adverbialism and metaphysics
The many property problem
The complement objection
Adverbialism and the two hats
Questions
Notes
Further reading
Belief acquisition theories
Overview
Perception as the acquisition of beliefs
Belief acquisition theory and the two hats
Perception without belief acquisition
Perception, belief, and our conceptual capacities
Acquiring new concepts
Blindsight
Questions
Notes
Further reading
Intentional theories
Overview
Varieties of intentionalism
Theories of perceptual content
How do experiences get their contents?
Representationalism and the two hats
Questions
Notes
Further reading
Disjunctive theories
Overview
The causal objection
Epistemological disjunctivism
Disjunctivism about metaphysics
Disjunctivism about content
Disjunctivism about phenomenology
Naive realism
Disjunctive theories of hallucination
Disjunctivism and illusion
Disjunctivism and the two hats
Questions
Notes
Further reading
Perception and causation
Overview
The causal theory of perception
Questions
Notes
Further reading
Perception and the sciences of the mind
Overview
Theoretical paradigms and their underlying assumptions
Important phenomena
Perception, cognition, and the phenomenal
Color vision and color realism
Questions
Notes
Further reading
Perception and other sense modalities
Overview
Individuating the senses
Touch, hearing, taste, and smell
How distinct are the senses?
Questions
Note
Further reading
References
Index

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