In the first part of the book, Kelley discusses the nature and validity of perception. He argues against classical sensationalist and modern computational theories, according to which perception involves inferences from sensory input. Unlike most realists, he also offers an in-depth consideration of the problems of perceptual relativity. His theory incorporates a key distinction between the object and the form in which it is perceived. This distinction provides insights into the status of phenomenal qualities, the nature of perceptual constancy, and the difference between primary and secondary qualities.
In the second part of the book, Kelley is concerned with the way we distinguish conceptual knowledge from perception. His theory of nonpropositional justification shows how perceptual judgments are supported by the direct awareness of objects, and it allows a novel defense of empiricism.
An original and substantial contribution to the philosophical literature, The Evidence of the Senses will be invaluable to philosophers, psychologists, and anyone interested in the complex subject of perceptual theory.
|Publisher:||Louisiana State University Press|
Table of Contents
|1||The Primacy of Existence||7|
|2||Sensation and Perception||44|
|5||The Nature of Perception||143|
|Part II||Perceptual Knowledge|
|6||Foundations and Nebulas||177|
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