Perception and its Objects

Paperback | April 24, 2013

byBill Brewer

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Bill Brewer presents, motivates, and defends a bold new solution to a fundamental problem in the philosophy of perception. What is the correct theoretical conception of perceptual experience, and how should we best understand the most fundamental nature of our perceptual relation with thephysical objects in the world around us? Most theorists today analyse perception in terms of its representational content, in large part in order to avoid fatal problems attending the early modern conception of perception as a relation with particular mind-dependent objects of experience. Having set up the underlying problem and explored the lessons to be learnt from the various difficulties faced by opposing early modern responses to it, Bill Brewer argues that this contemporary approach has serious problems of its own. Furthermore, the early modern insight that perception is mostfundamentally to be construed as a relation of conscious acquaintance with certain direct objects of experience is, he claims, perfectly consistent with the commonsense identification of such direct objects with persisting mind-independent physical objects themselves. Brewer here provides acritical, historical account of the philosophy of perception, in order to present a defensible vindication of empirical realism.

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Bill Brewer presents, motivates, and defends a bold new solution to a fundamental problem in the philosophy of perception. What is the correct theoretical conception of perceptual experience, and how should we best understand the most fundamental nature of our perceptual relation with thephysical objects in the world around us? Most th...

Bill Brewer is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Warwick. Previously he taught at the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, Brown University and Berkeley. He is the author of Perception and Reason (OUP, 1999) and an editor of Spatial Representation (OUP, 1999), and has published many papers and journal articles...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.68 inPublished:April 24, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Inconsistent Triad2. Anti-Realism3. Indirect Realism4. The Content View5. The Object View6. Epistemology7. Realism and Explanation