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Senses Classic and Contemporary Philosophical Perspectives

ISBN-10: 0195385969

ISBN-13: 9780195385960

Edition: 2010

Authors: Fiona Macpherson

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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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Book details

List price: $37.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/9/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 9.20" wide x 6.10" long x 1.20" tall
Weight: 1.232

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
Introduction
Individuating the Senses
Classic Works
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
New Works
On the Nature of the Senses
Re-imagining, Re-Viewing and Re-Touching
The Senses
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
Index