Philosophy of Perception by P-TaylorFrancisI

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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 Hallucination Perception and Content Sense-Data, Adverbialism and Idealism Disjunctivism and Relationalism Intentionalism and Combined Theories The Nature of Content Veridicality Perception 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.

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									Philosophy of Perception
Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy

Author: William Fish
Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Three Key Principles 2. Sense Datum Theories 3. Adverbial Theories 4. Belief Acquisition
Theories 5. Intentional Theories 6. Disjunctive Theories 7. Perception and Causation 8. Perception and
the Sciences of the Mind 9. Perception and Other Sense Modalities
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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 Hallucination Perception and Content Sense-Data, Adverbialism and Idealism
Disjunctivism and Relationalism Intentionalism and Combined Theories The Nature of Content Veridicality
Perception 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.
Reviews

'...A comprehensive introduction to contemporary philosophy of perception, written in an admirably clear
and engaging style... It will fill a real gap in the existing literature. While there have been many books on
the topic of perception in recent years, almost all argue for a specific point of view and are targeted at a
professional audience. Fish's book presents a balanced account of the principal theories in the field,
noting strengths and weaknesses, uncovering potentially problematic assumptions, and raising issues for
further discussion - exactly what a text should do. I welcome the publication of this book. I will likely use
it alone in my undergraduate courses, and paired with a selection of readings in graduate courses.



'...A comprehensive introduction to contemporary philosophy of perception, written in an admirably clear
and engaging style... It will fill a real gap in the existing literature. While there have been many books on
the topic of perception in recent years, almost all argue for a specific point of view and are targeted at a
professional audience. Fish's book presents a balanced account of the principal theories in the field,
noting strengths and weaknesses, uncovering potentially problematic assumptions, and raising issues for
further discussion - exactly what a text should do. I welcome the publication of this book. I will likely use
it alone in my undergraduate courses, and paired with a selection of readings in graduate courses.

								
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