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<b>Prelude: The New Philosophy of Vision</b>

Mohan Matthen

in Seeing, Doing, and Knowing

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780199268504
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602283 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199268509.003.0001
Prelude: The New Philosophy of Vision

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Traditional theories of perception treat sensation as an image projected from the state of sensory receptors; more recently, cognitive scientists have focussed on how it is the result of data extraction. There are philosophical problems about how to accommodate the new paradigm: notably how to describe perceptual content in such a way as to preserve the epistemic innocence and egocentric perspective of the perceiver. The way to address this problem is to look at how perception is instinctively used, in particular, how it is used in order to gain knowledge about the world.

Keywords: constancy; error; information; perception and action; perception and knowledge; realism; representation; scepticism

Chapter.  4435 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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