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Overview

"Perception is not something that happens to us, or in us," writes Alva Noë. "It is something we do." In Action in Perception, Noë argues that perception and perceptual consciousness depend on capacities for action and thought — that perception is a kind of thoughtful activity. Touch, not vision, should be our model for perception. Perception is not a process in the brain, but a kind of skillful activity of the body as a whole. We enact our perceptual experience.To perceive,according to this enactive approach to perception, is not merely to have sensations; it is to have sensations that we understand. In Action in Perception, Noë investigates the forms this understanding can take. He begins by arguing, on both phenomenological and empirical grounds, that the content of perception is not like the content of a picture; the world is not given to consciousness all at once but is gained gradually by active inquiry and exploration. Noë then argues that perceptual experience acquires content thanks to our possession and exercise of practical bodily knowledge, and examines, among other topics, the problems posed by spatial content and the experience of color. He considers the perspectival aspect of the representational content of experience and assesses the place of thought and understanding in experience. Finally, he explores the implications of the enactive approach for our understanding of the neuroscience of perception.

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"[a] balanced, well-considered account of this hot topic." Nature
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262640633
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2006
  • Series: Representation and Mind series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 829,937
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Alva Noë is Associate Professor of Philosophy at University of California,Berkeley. He is the editor of Vision and Mind (MIT Press,2002).

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Table of Contents

1 The enactive approach to perception : an introduction 1
2 Pictures in mind 35
3 Enacting content 75
4 Colors enacted 123
5 Perspective in content 163
6 Thought in experience 181
7 Brain in mind : a conclusion 209
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