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Perception as Inference

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/9780198239765.003.0009

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Perception as Inference

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The first section of this chapter describes seeing and inferring. One perceives and misperceives them as well. This fact of misperception is used as an argument in favour of the inferentiality of perception. The second section examines the Vaíṣsika atomism. The third section explores the whole–part controversy. The fourth section reconstructs the Nyāya argument against representationalism. The fifth section explores the Nyāya argument against sense-datum. The last section discusses memory and hallucination.

Keywords: seeing; memory; atomism; representationalism; hallucination; misperception

Chapter.  16318 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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