Perceiving the World

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Bence Nanay
Oxford University Press, Aug 10, 2010 - Philosophy - 392 pages
This volumes collects new essays by top philosophers, all on the theme of perception while also making connections between perception and other philosophical areas like epistemology, metaphysics, and philosophy of action. Perception has become a major area of philosophical interest, with a number of important collections and monographs appearing recently. This may partly be due to the growing use of empirical and neuroscientific data by philosophers of mind. The contributors in this volume represent the high quality of current scholars (many OUP authors) working in the area, among them Jesse Prinz, Fred Dretske, Susanna Siegel, and Benj Hellie. Some of the questions they raise include, What is the object of perception? How can perception give rise to knowledge? What is the link between perception and action? Between perception and belief? How do we perceive colors? What do animals perceive? How do empirical findings inform traditional philosophical thinking about perception? Does perception represent the world? What are the properties that are represented in perception? Nanay also provides a detailed introduction surveying the state of the field. This volume contains new work by some of the top figures in the field on a broad topic of interest.
 

Contents

The New Wave
3
2 Color Relationalism and Color Phenomenology
13
3 Perceptual Recognition and the Feeling of Presence
33
The Texture of Conscious Experience
54
5 Projectivism without Error
68
6 An Externalists Guide to Inner Experience
97
7 The Normative Nature of Perceptual Experience
146
8 Whats in a Look?
160
9 How Things Look and What Things Look That Way
226
10 Why Explain Visual Experience in Terms of Content?
254
11 When Is Perception Conscious?
310
12 Do Experiences Have Contents?
333
Index
369
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Bence Nanay is Professor of Philosophy and BOF Research Professor at the University of Antwerp and Senior Research Associate at Peterhouse, University of Cambridge.

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