Vision and Mind: Selected Readings in the Philosophy of Perception

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Alva NoŽ, Evan Thompson
MIT Press, 2002 - Philosophy - 627 pages
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The philosophy of perception is a microcosm of the metaphysics of mind. Its central problems--What is perception? What is the nature of perceptual consciousness? How can one fit an account of perceptual experience into a broader account of the nature of the mind and the world?--are at the heart of metaphysics. Rather than try to cover all of the many strands in the philosophy of perception, this book focuses on a particular orthodoxy about the nature of visual perception.

The central problem for visual science has been to explain how the brain bridges the gap between what is given to the visual system and what is actually experienced by the perceiver. The orthodox view of perception is that it is a process whereby the brain, or a dedicated subsystem of the brain, builds up representations of relevant figures of the environment on the basis of information encoded by the sensory receptors. Most adherents of the orthodox view also believe that for every conscious perceptual state of the subject, there is a particular set of neurons whose activities are sufficient for the occurrence of that state. Some of the essays in this book defend the orthodoxy; most criticize it; and some propose alternatives to it. Many of the essays are classics.

Contributors
G.E.M. Anscombe, Dana Ballard, Daniel Dennett, Fred Dretske, Jerry Fodor, H.P. Grice, David Marr, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Zenon Pylyshyn, Paul Snowdon, and P.F. Strawson

 

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Contents

Selections from Phenomenology of Perception
15
Some Remarks about the Senses
35
A Grammatical Feature
55
A Theory of Direct Visual Perception
77
Perception and Its Objects
91
Perceptions as Hypotheses
111
Veridical Hallucination and Prosthetic Vision
135
Perception Vision and Causation
151
Molyneuxs Question
319
Comparative Color Vision as a Case Study
351
Conscious Experience
419
The Content of Perceptual Experience
443
On the Function of Visual Representation
459
Seeing Is BelievingOr Is It?
481
Sensory Substitution and Qualia
497
The Visual Brain in Action
515

Some Reflections on Gibsons
167
Selections from Vision
229
A Distinction
267
Linking Propositions
289
What Is a Neural Correlate of Consciousness?
531
A Sensorimotor Account
567
Index
599
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Alva Noe is Associate Professor of Philosophy at University of California, Berkeley. He is the editor of Vision and Mind (MIT Press, 2002).

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