Does Perception Have Content?

Does Perception Have Content?

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Within the contemporary philosophical debates over the nature of perception, the question of whether perception has content in the first place recently has become a focus of discussion. The most common view is that it does, but a number of philosophers have questioned this claim. The issue immediately raises a number of related questions. What does it mean to say that perception has content? Does perception have more than one kind of content? Does perceptual content
derive from the content of beliefs or judgments? Should perceptual content be understood in terms of accuracy conditions? Is naive realism compatible with holding that perception has content?

This volume brings together philosophers representing many different perspectives to address these and other central questions in the philosophy of perception.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 392 pages
  • 163 x 241 x 31mm | 648g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0199756015
  • 9780199756018
  • 1,499,749

Table of contents

1. Introduction: Does Perception Have Content? ; Berit Brogaard ; Part I: Content Views ; 2. Bence Nanay: Empirical Problems with Anti-Representationalism ; 3. Susanna Siegel: Affordances and the Contents of Perception ; 4. Kathrin Gluer: Looks, Reasons and Experiences ; Part II: Against Strong Content ; 5. Charles Travis: The Preserve of Thinkers ; 6. Diana Raffman: Disjunctivism and the Alleged Nontransitivity of Indiscriminability ; Part III: Reconciliatory Views ; 7. Susanna Schellenberg: The Relational and Representational Character of Perceptual Experience ; 8. Heather Logue: Experiential Content and Naive Realism: A Reconciliation ; 9. Benj Hellie: On which perceptual phenomena have content and why they have it ; Part IV: Imagistic and Possible-Word Content ; 10. Mohan Matthen: Image Content ; 11. Michael Tye: What is the Content of a Hallucinatory Experience? ; Part V: The Constituents of Perceptual Content and the Role of Perception ; 12. Bill Lycan: What Does Vision Represent? ; 13. Terry Horgan: Phenomenal Intentionality and Secondary Qualities: The Quixotic Case of Color ; 14. Tomasz Budek and Katalin Farkas: Which Causes of an Experience are also Objects of the Experience.
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What is particularly valuable here is the thorough introduction provided by its editor. Brogaard discusses the central arguments of each contribution, usefully highlighting not only points of connection between papers but also potential challenges to their central arguments. * The Philosophical Quarterly * ... What the volume does well is give us a sampling of the state of the art today ... Brogaard does a remarkable job of summarizing all the chapters in her introduction. This turned out to be a most valuable part of the book, to which I returned many times. * Gabrielle B. Jackson, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews Online *
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About Berit Brogaard

Berit Brogaard is Professor of Philosophy at University of Missouri, St. Louis. She is the author of Transient Truths: An Essay in the Metaphysics of Propositions and numerous articles in the philosophy of perception and philosophy of language.
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