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Vision and Mind : Selected Readings in the Philosophy of Perception - Alva Noe

Vision and Mind

Selected Readings in the Philosophy of Perception

By: Alva Noe (Editor), Evan T. Thompson (Editor)

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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. The contributors include, among others, 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.

"This is a wonderfully interdisciplinary volume that addresses deep theoretical and philosophical questions about the nature of vision and visual experience. The diverse papers raise core issues not only about visual perception but as well about the nature of cognition and mind. Concerns about the objects, content, and ontology of vision and visual experience provide a lens for viewing those concerns about the mind in general. This volume will provide a valuable resource for researchers or students wishing to explore the nature of mind through the vehicle of visual perception."--Robert van Gulick, Professor of Philosophy and Director, Cognitive Science Program, Syracuse UniversityPlease note: Endorser gives permission to excerpt from quote. "Timely, well-balanced between history and contemporary philosophical work, and with a good dose of relevant science, this anthology shows how philosophical and scientific thinking can - and indeed must - be intermixed for a fuller understanding of the nature of visual perception. A superb collection."--Guven Guzeldere, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Psychological & BrainSciences, Duke UniversityPlease note: There should be umlauts over the u's in the author's first and last names. Thanks.

Preface
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Introductionp. 1
Selections from Phenomenology of Perceptionp. 15
Some Remarks about the Sensesp. 35
The Intentionality of Sensation: A Grammatical Featurep. 55
A Theory of Direct Visual Perceptionp. 77
Perception and Its Objectsp. 91
Perceptions as Hypothesesp. 111
Veridical Hallucination and Prosthetic Visionp. 135
Perception, Vision and Causationp. 151
How Direct Is Visual Perception?: Some Reflections on Gibson's "Ecological Approach"p. 167
Selections from Visionp. 229
Sensation and the Content of Experience: A Distinctionp. 267
Linking Propositionsp. 289
Molyneux's Questionp. 319
Ways of Coloring: Comparative Color Vision as a Case Study for Cognitive Sciencep. 351
Conscious Experiencep. 419
The Content of Perceptual Experiencep. 443
On the Function of Visual Representationp. 459
Seeing Is Believing - Or Is It?p. 481
Sensory Substitution and Qualiap. 497
The Visual Brain in Actionp. 515
What Is a Neural Correlate of Consciousness?p. 531
On the Brain-Basis of Visual Consciousness: A Sensorimotor Accountp. 567
Indexp. 599
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ISBN: 9780262640473
ISBN-10: 0262640473
Series: A Bradford Book
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 637
Published: 30th September 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 17.8  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.99