Vision and Mind: Selected Readings in the Philosophy of Perception / Edition 1

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Overview

The philosophy of perception is a microcosm of the metaphysics of mind. Its central problems — What is perception? What is the nature of perceptual consciousness? How can one fit an account of perceptual experience into a broader account of the nature of the mind and the world? —are at the heart of metaphysics. Rather than try to cover all of the many strands in the philosophy of perception, this book focuses on a particular orthodoxy about the nature of visual perception.

The central problem for visual science has been to explain how the brain bridges the gap between what is given to the visual system and what is actually experienced by the perceiver. The orthodox view of perception is that it is a process whereby the brain, or a dedicated subsystem of the brain, builds up representations of relevant figures of the environment on the basis of information encoded by the sensory receptors. Most adherents of the orthodox view also believe that for every conscious perceptual state of the subject, there is a particular set of neurons whose activities are sufficient for the occurrence of that state. Some of the essays in this book defend the orthodoxy; most criticize it; and some propose alternatives to it. Many of the essays are classics. The contributors include, among others, G.E.M. Anscombe, Dana Ballard, DanielDennett, Fred Dretske, Jerry Fodor, H.P. Grice, David Marr, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Zenon Pylyshyn,Paul Snowdon, and P.F. Strawson.

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"This is a wonderfully interdisciplinary volume that addresses deep theoretical and philosophical questions about the nature of vision and visual experience. The diverse papers raise core issues not only about visual perception but as well about the nature of cognition and mind.

Concerns about the objects, content, and ontology of vision and visual experience provide a lens for viewing those concerns about the mind in general. This volume will provide a valuable resource for researchers or students wishing to explore the nature of mind through the vehicle of visual perception."—Robert van Gulick, Professor of Philosophy and Director, Cognitive Science Program,Syracuse University

"Timely, well-balanced between history and contemporary philosophical work, and with a good dose of relevant science, this anthology shows how philosophical and scientific thinking can

• and indeed must - be intermixed for a fuller understanding of the nature of visual perception. Asuperb collection."—Guven Guzeldere, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Psychological &BrainSciences, Duke University

Robert van Gulick
This is a wonderfully interdisciplinary volume that addresses deep theoretical and philosophical questions about the nature of vision and visual experience. The diverse papers raise core issues not only about visual perception but as well about the nature of cognition and mind.

Concerns about the objects, content, and ontology of vision and visual experience provide a lens for viewing those concerns about the mind in general. This volume will provide a valuable resource for researchers or students wishing to explore the nature of mind through the vehicle of visual perception

Guven Guzeldere
Timely, well-balanced between history and contemporary philosophical work, and with a good dose of relevant science, this anthology shows how philosophical and scientific thinking can —and indeed must — be intermixed for a fuller understanding of the nature of visual perception. Asuperb collection.
Andy Clark
Vision and Mind presents a case-study in constructive,empirically informed philosophical debate. This volume collects 23 major contributions covering a wide spectrum of approaches, from orthodox constructivism to ecological psychology, enactionism and beyond. It's essential reading for anyone interested in the nature of perception, the function of vision and the way the human mind makes contact with the world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262640473
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 9/30/2002
  • Series: Bradford Books Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 637
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.25 (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

Preface
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1 Introduction 1
2 Selections from Phenomenology of Perception 15
3 Some Remarks about the Senses 35
4 The Intentionality of Sensation: A Grammatical Feature 55
5 A Theory of Direct Visual Perception 77
6 Perception and Its Objects 91
7 Perceptions as Hypotheses 111
8 Veridical Hallucination and Prosthetic Vision 135
9 Perception, Vision and Causation 151
10 How Direct Is Visual Perception?: Some Reflections on Gibson's "Ecological Approach" 167
11 Selections from Vision 229
12 Sensation and the Content of Experience: A Distinction 267
13 Linking Propositions 289
14 Molyneux's Question 319
15 Ways of Coloring: Comparative Color Vision as a Case Study for Cognitive Science 351
16 Conscious Experience 419
17 The Content of Perceptual Experience 443
18 On the Function of Visual Representation 459
19 Seeing Is Believing - Or Is It? 481
20 Sensory Substitution and Qualia 497
21 The Visual Brain in Action 515
22 What Is a Neural Correlate of Consciousness? 531
23 On the Brain-Basis of Visual Consciousness: A Sensorimotor Account 567
Index 599
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