Objective Understanding Transformed

Wayne Waxman

in Kant and the Empiricists

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780195177398
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786176 | DOI:
 Objective Understanding Transformed

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This chapter examines Berkeley’s theory of vision. He endorsed the essentials of Locke’s account of visual depth perception while deepening and extending it beyond anything contemplated by Locke. The core idea common to both is the need for “the Experience that what affects his touch so or so, must affect his sight so or so”. The synthesis of visual spatiality, Berkeley’s theory of spatial representation, the tactual bases of spatial imagination, the phenomenology of vision, the formal multiplicity of vision, the visual language of spatiality, and objects as chapters in the volume of nature are discussed.

Keywords: George Berkeley; vision; spatial representation; imagination; sense-divide transcending object

Chapter.  24020 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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