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Causal Theories of Knowledge and Perception

Ram Neta

in The Oxford Handbook of Causation

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780199279739
Published online January 2010 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199279739.003.0028

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

 Causal Theories of Knowledge and Perception

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This article first surveys those ‘causal theories of perception’ that attempt to explain what it is for someone to perceive an external thing. Then it surveys the other ‘causal theories of perception’ (or alternatively, ‘causal theories of knowledge’) that attempt to explain what it is for someone to know about external things by means of perception. Within each of these two topics, we can locate all the various causal theories on a two-dimensional map: along one dimension are the various things that have been taken to do the causing, and along the other dimension are the various things that have been taken to be thus caused.

Keywords: causal theories of perception; causal theories of knowledge; causal work; common sense; external thing

Article.  5977 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Metaphysics ; Epistemology

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