The Nature of Perception

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John Foster addresses the question: what is it to perceive a physical object? He rejects the view that we perceive such objects directly, and argues for a new version of the traditional empiricist account, which locates the immediate objects of perception in the mind. But this account seems to imply that we do not perceive physical objects at all. Foster offers a surprising solution, which involves embracing an idealist view of the physical world.

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Overview

John Foster addresses the question: what is it to perceive a physical object? He rejects the view that we perceive such objects directly, and argues for a new version of the traditional empiricist account, which locates the immediate objects of perception in the mind. But this account seems to imply that we do not perceive physical objects at all. Foster offers a surprising solution, which involves embracing an idealist view of the physical world.

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"The arguments...are highly organized and clearly expressed..."—The Review of Metaphysics

"A lucid, powerful, beautifully structured book"—Mind

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198237693
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/25/2000
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

John Foster was tutorial Fellow of Brasenose College 1966-2005 and an Emeritus Fellow from 2005-2009. His research interests have been in the fields of metaphysics, epistemology, mind, and language. He was the author of The Case for Idealism (1982), Ayer (1985), and The Immaterial Self (1991).

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Table of Contents

1. The Reshaping of the Issue
2. An Examination of Strong Direct Realism
3. The Mediating Psychological State
4. The Problem of Perception
5. The Idealist Solution
Bibliography; Index

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