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What Do We See?

Bimal Krishna Matilal

in Perception

Published in print December 1991 | ISBN: 9780198239765
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680014 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198239765.003.0008

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What Do We See?

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The problems of perception are generally discussed in the Western context with reference to three main theories. These theories are about what one can directly know, and how one knows it. They are naïve or direct realism, representationalism, and phenomenalism. The second section of this chapter discusses the Nyaysutra definition of perception. The third section looks at Vasubandhu's illusionism. The fourth section considers a case where the external world does not exist. The fifth section considers as case where the external world does exist. The sixth section examines the Abhidharma phenomenalism. The seventh section discusses nominal existence and substantial existence. The last section explores colour and shape with regards to Molyneux's question.

Keywords: phenomenalism; direct realism; perception; nominal existence; substantial existence; sensory illusion

Chapter.  13483 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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