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The Problem of Perception

Matthew Nudds

in Philosophy

ISBN: 9780195396577
Published online June 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780195396577-0085
The Problem of Perception

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Sense perception provides (or seems to provide) a direct awareness of our environment and the things in it. Philosophical theories of perception attempt to explain how this is possible given that we experience hallucinations and illusions that do not involve a direct awareness of our environment and yet that seem no different from our veridical experiences. The major theories of perception set out in this article constitute different attempts to reconcile perceptual awareness with the possibility of hallucinations and illusions. There has been a renewed interest in the philosophy of perception, and a vast number of books and papers have been published on the topic. The focus of this bibliography is on “the problem of perception” and on recent work published in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Although many important figures in the history of philosophy had something to say about perception, to keep this bibliography to a manageable length references to and discussion of historical works have not been included. For the same reason, there are no references to the plentiful empirical work that is relevant to the topic (in many cases, references to relevant empirical work can be found in the bibliographies of the philosophy papers to which it is relevant). This bibliography does not cover the epistemology of perception, which is usually dealt with as part of the theory of knowledge rather than the problem of perception.

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Subjects: Philosophy ; Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art ; Epistemology ; Feminist Philosophy ; History of Western Philosophy ; Metaphysics ; Moral Philosophy ; Non-Western Philosophy ; Philosophy of Language ; Philosophy of Law ; Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic ; Philosophy of Mind ; Philosophy of Religion ; Philosophy of Science ; Social and Political Philosophy

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