Unfolding Perceptual Continua

Unfolding Perceptual Continua

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The book analyses the differences between the mathematical interpretation and the phenomenological intuition of the continuum. The basic idea is that the continuity of the experience of space and time originates in phenomenic movement. The problem of consciousness and of the spaces of representation is related to the primary processes of perception. Conceived as an interplay between cognitive science, linguistics and philosophy, the book presents a conceptual framework based on a dynamic and experimental approach to the problem of the continuum. Besides presenting the primitives of a theory of cognitive space and time, it presents a theory of the observer, analyzing the relationship among perspective, points of view and unity of consciousness. The book's chapters deal with the dynamic elaboration and recognition of forms from the lower to the higher processes in the various perceptual fields. Experimental analysis from visual, auditory and tactile perception outline the basic structures of intentionality and its counterpart in language and gesture. (Series B)show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 302 pages
  • 149.9 x 221 x 17.8mm | 453.6g
  • John Benjamins Publishing Co
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1588111938
  • 9781588111937

Table of contents

1. Continua: Introduction (by Albertazzi, Liliana); 2. 1. Towards a neo-Aristotelian theory of continua: Elements of an empirical geometry (by Albertazzi, Liliana); 3. 2. The edges of images: Considerations on continuity in representation (by Pierantoni, Ruggero); 4. 3. Continua in vision (by Koenderink, Jan J.); 5. 4. Visual forms in space-time (by Lappin, Joseph S.); 6. 5. Tactile object perception and the perceptual stream (by Klatzky, Roberta L.); 7. 6. Continuum of haptic space (by Kappers, Astrid M.L.); 8. 7. Touch and the observer's vantage point (by Kennedy, John M.); 9. 8. 'Berkeley's touch': Is only one sensory modality the basis of the perception of reality? (by Zimmer, Alfred); 10. 9. Breaking of continuity in the auditory field (by Vicario, Giovanni B.); 11. 10. The limits of continuity: Discreteness in cognitive semantics (by Langacker, Ronald W.); 12. 11. The iconic mapping of space and time in signed languages (by Wilcox, Sherman); 13. Name index; 14. Subject indexshow more