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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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Action-Based Accounts of Perception

Pierre Jacob.

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Perception

July 2015; p ublished online December 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Philosophy; Epistemology; Philosophy of Mind. 10433 words.

There are two main motivations for action-based approaches to perception: the parsimonious assumption that action and perception belong to a single overlapping functional system and the...

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Audition

Matthew Nudds.

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Perception

July 2015; p ublished online December 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Philosophy; Epistemology. 12183 words.

This chapter presents an account of auditory perception. Its focus is the question of how we perceive the sources of sounds (the sound-producing events) that we take ourselves to hear. The...

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Bayesian Perceptual Psychology

Michael Rescorla.

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Perception

July 2015; p ublished online September 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Philosophy; Epistemology; Philosophy of Science. 10486 words.

Contemporary perceptual psychology uses Bayesian decision theory to develop Helmholtz’s view that perception involves ‘unconscious inference’. The science provides mathematically rigorous,...

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The Bodily Senses

J. Brendan Ritchie and Peter Carruthers.

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Perception

July 2015; p ublished online September 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Philosophy; Epistemology; Philosophy of Mind; Metaphysics. 9274 words.

This chapter focuses on three broad systems of bodily perception: interoception, the vestibular system, and proprioception. We argue that they constitute (collections of) sense modalities,...

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The Chemical Senses

Barry C. Smith.

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Perception

July 2015; p ublished online May 2015 .

Article. Subjects: Philosophy; Philosophy of Mind. 21799 words.

Long-standing neglect of the chemical senses in the philosophy of perception is due, mostly, to their being regarded as ‘lower’ senses. Smell, taste, and chemically irritated touch are...

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Colour Perception

Kathleen Akins and Martin Hahn.

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Perception

July 2015; p ublished online May 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Philosophy; Philosophy of Mind. 10811 words.

The perception of colour has traditionally been considered fundamentally different, both in kind and in function, from the visual perception of other properties, such as shape, size, or...

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Disjunctivism

Heather Logue.

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Perception

July 2015; p ublished online September 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Philosophy; Epistemology; Philosophy of Mind. 10729 words.

Disjunctivist theories of perceptual experience claim that veridical and non-veridical experiences are radically unalike in some respect (other than the obvious difference in their causal...

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The Epistemology of Perception

Susanna Siegel and Nicholas Silins.

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Perception

July 2015; p ublished online June 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Philosophy; Philosophy of Mind; Epistemology. 16272 words.

How does experience justify belief? The chapter begins by clarifying ‘experience’ and the different ways experience might support beliefs about the external world. It then surveys a range...

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How Do Synaesthetes Experience the World?

Malika Auvray and Ophelia Deroy.

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Perception

July 2015; p ublished online March 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Philosophy; Philosophy of Mind; Epistemology. 9769 words.

Synaesthetes experience additional sensory features (concurrents) when presented with certain objects such as letters (inducers). Because synaesthetic experiences are involuntary, vivid,...

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The Individuation of the Senses

Mohan Matthen.

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Perception

July 2015; p ublished online May 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Philosophy; Philosophy of Mind. 10339 words.

To individuate the sense modalities we need to say not only how established senses such as smell and taste differ from one another, but also how to determine whether candidate sense...

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Information Theory

John Kulvicki.

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Perception

July 2015; p ublished online December 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Philosophy; Epistemology. 11283 words.

This chapter considers how information theory can be used as a tool for understanding perception. First, different accounts of information are compared with a focus on Dretske’s work...

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Introduction

Mohan Matthen.

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Perception

July 2015; p ublished online January 2015 .

Article. Subjects: Philosophy; Philosophy of Mind. 14430 words.

Perception is the ultimate source of our knowledge about contingent facts. It is an extremely important philosophical development that starting in the last quarter of the twentieth century,...

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Modularity of Perception

Ophelia Deroy.

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Perception

July 2015; p ublished online May 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Philosophy; Philosophy of Mind. 11619 words.

Refining Marr’s computational model of vision, the modularity thesis posits that the mind contains, among other things, modules capable of transforming the signals resulting from receptors...

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Multisensory Perception

Tim Bayne and Charles Spence.

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Perception

July 2015; p ublished online December 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Philosophy; Philosophy of Mind; Epistemology. 9216 words.

This chapter provides an overview of some of the main issues raised by the multisensory nature of perception. Various aspects of the multisensory nature of perception are distinguished from...

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Musical Perception

Charles Nussbaum.

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Perception

July 2015; p ublished online September 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Philosophy; Epistemology; Philosophy of Mind. 8453 words.

Sounds may be classified as noises, pitched sounds, or tones. For the purposes of this article, music is defined as the art of combining tones into melodic (sequential), harmonic...

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Nonconceptual Content

Wayne Wright.

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Perception

July 2015; p ublished online September 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Philosophy; Epistemology. 9106 words.

This article addresses the debate over whether the representational content of perceptual experience is, at least in part, nonconceptual. Conceptualists claim that how a creature’s...

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Nonhuman Animal Senses

Brian L. Keeley.

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Perception

July 2015; p ublished online June 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Philosophy; Philosophy of Mind. 9960 words.

How ought we to determine the senses of nonhuman animals? To answer that question, we first need to determine the relationship between our understanding of nonhuman animal senses and those...

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Object Perception

Roberto Casati.

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Perception

July 2015; p ublished online June 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Philosophy; Philosophy of Mind. 6472 words.

The topic of object perception is different from that of the objects of perception. It is presupposed that we are dealing with extramental items only, be they full three-dimensional objects...

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Own-Body Perception

Alisa Mandrigin and Evan Thompson.

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Perception

July 2015; p ublished online May 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Philosophy; Philosophy of Mind. 7460 words.

‘Own-body perception’ refers to the perception of one’s body as one’s own body. The chapter reviews various disruptions to own-body perception, including what is known about their neural...

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Perceiving Nothings

Roy Sorensen.

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Perception

July 2015; p ublished online January 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Philosophy; Epistemology. 9588 words.

Parisians flocked to see the absence of the Mona Lisa after it was stolen from the Louvre in 1911. Four answers to the question of ‘What did the curious Parisians see?’ will be entertained....

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