Senses Classic and Contemporary Philosophical Perspectives
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The senses, or sensory modalities, constitute the different ways we have of perceiving the world, such as seeing, hearing, touching, tasting and smelling. But how many senses are there? How many could there be? What makes the senses different? What interaction takes place between the senses? This book is a guide to thinking about these questions. Together with an extensive introduction to the topic, the book contains the key classic papers on this subject together with nine newlycommissioned essays.One reason that these questions are important is that we are receiving a huge influx of new information from the sciences that challenges some traditional philosophical views about the senses. This information needs to be incorporated into our view of the senses and perception. Can we do this whilst retaining our pre-existing concepts of the senses and of perception or do we need to revise our concepts? If they need to be revised, then in what way should that be done? Research in diverse areas,such as the nature of human perception, varieties of non-human animal perception, the interaction between different sensory modalities, perceptual disorders, and possible treatments for them, calls into question the platitude that there are five senses, as well as the pre-supposition that we knowwhat we are counting when we count them as five (or more).This book will serve as an inspiring introduction to the topic and as a basis from which further new research will grow.
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Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/9/2011
Size: 9.20" wide x 6.10" long x 1.20" tall
Fiona Macpherson is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Center for the Study of Perceptual Experience at the University of Glasgow.
|Notes on Contributors|
|Individuating the Senses|
|Excerpt from On the Soul (De Anima)|
|Aristotle on Demarcating the Five Senses|
|Some Remarks About the Senses|
|Distinguishing the Senses|
|The Senses of Martians|
|The Senses, excerpt from Perception and Cognition|
|Characterising the Senses|
|Categorising the Senses|
|Sight and Touch|
|Making Sense of the Senses: Individuating Modalities in Humans and Other Animals|
|On the Nature of the Senses|
|Re-imagining, Re-Viewing and Re-Touching|
|A Proprioceptive Account of the Sense Modalities|
|The Senses as Psychological Kinds|
|Tastes, Temperatures, and Pains|
|The Sense of Agency|
|Cross-Modal Cuing and Selective Attention|