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The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Perception

Edited by Mohan Matthen

Volume 1, issue Published in print July 2015 | ISBN: 9780199600472
Published online September 2015 | | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199600472.001.0001

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Perception

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Perception has been for philosophers in the last few decades an area of compelling interest and intense investigation. In large part, the catalyst for this activity has come from contemporary cognitive science and neuroscience, which has been progressing at an accelerating pace, throwing up new information about the brain and new conceptions of how sensory information is processed and used. These new conceptions offer philosophers opportunities for reconceptualizing the senses—what they tell us, how we use them, and the nature of the knowledge they give us. Today, the philosophy of perception resonates with ideas that had not even been articulated in the 1970s and 1980s. This Handbook is a survey by leading philosophical thinkers of contemporary issues and new thinking in philosophy of perception. It includes sections on the history of the subject, introductions to contemporary issues in the epistemology, ontology, and aesthetics of perception, treatments of the individual sense modalities and of the things we perceive by means of them, and a consideration of how perceptual information is integrated and consolidated. New analytic tools and applications to other areas of philosophy are discussed in depth. Each of the forty-five entries is written by a leading expert, some collaborating with younger figures; each seeks to introduce the reader to a broad range of issues. All contain new ideas on the topic covered; together they are a portrait of the vigour and innovative zeal of a young field. The book is accessible to anybody who has an intellectual interest in issues concerning perception.

Keywords: Philosophy of perception; senses; philosophy of cognitive science; epistemology; philosophy of mind

Book.  934 pages. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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Introduction in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Perception

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Perception in Ancient Greek Philosophy in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Perception

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Perception in Medieval Philosophy in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Perception

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Skepticism and Perception in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Perception

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Perception in Early Modern Philosophy in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Perception

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Sense-Data in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Perception

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Phenomenological Approaches in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Perception

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Perceptual Representation/Perceptual Content in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Perception

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Perception and the First Person in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Perception

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