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Message 1: Vision and Mind: Noe & Thompson (eds.)

Date: Tue, 07 Jan 2003 11:33:14 +0000
From: dgw <dgwmit.edu>
Subject: Vision and Mind: Noe & Thompson (eds.)


			
Title: Vision and Mind
Subtitle: Selected Readings in the Philosophy of Perception
Series Title: Bradford Books
			
Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: MIT Press 
 http://mitpress.mit.edu/		 
			
Editor: Alva No�, 
Editor: Evan T. Thompson, 
				
Hardback: ISBN: 0262140780, Pages: 605, Price: $95
Paperback: ISBN: 0262640473, Pages: 605, Price: $38
			
Abstract:

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, Daniel Dennett, Fred Dretske, Jerry
Fodor, H. P. Grice, David Marr, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Zenon Pylyshyn,
Paul Snowdon, and P. F. Strawson.

Alva No� is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of
California, Santa Cruz. Evan T. Thompson is Associate Professor of
Philosophy at York University in Ontario, Canada

Lingfield(s): Cognitive Science
			 
Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

			
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