Possibilities of Perception

Hardcover | July 31, 2013

byJennifer Church

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The epistemology and the phenomenology of perception are closely related insofar as both depend on experiences of self-evident objectivity - experiences in which the objectivity of a state of affairs is evident from within our experience of that state of affairs. Jennifer Church offers adistinctive account of perception, showing how imagining alternative perspectives and alternative possibilities plays a key role in creating and validating experiences of self-evident objectivity. Offered first as an account of what it takes to perceive ordinary objects such as birds and trees, the account is then extended to show how it is also possible to perceive such things as causes, reasons, mental states, distant galaxies, molecular arrangements, mathematical relations, andinterpersonal obligations. A chapter is devoted to the phenomenology and epistemology of moral perception, including the perception of persons as such; and a chapter is devoted to the peculiarities of aesthetic perception, including the perception of artworks as such. In all of these cases, Churchargues, perception can be literal (not merely figurative or metaphorical) and substantive (not merely formal or deflationary). Her account helps to explain the advantages of perceptual versus non-perceptual knowledge. It also helps to make sense of some historical discussions of the role of theimagination in acquiring and validating knowledge, in relation to Plato's cave, Descartes' explanation of rational intuition, and Kant's arguments concerning objectivity, causality, and the Categorical Imperative.

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The epistemology and the phenomenology of perception are closely related insofar as both depend on experiences of self-evident objectivity - experiences in which the objectivity of a state of affairs is evident from within our experience of that state of affairs. Jennifer Church offers adistinctive account of perception, showing how im...

Jennifer Church is Professor of Philosophy at Vassar College. She has written extensively on rationality and irrationality, the imagination, emotions, consciousness, and self-consciousness.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:July 31, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199678448

ISBN - 13:9780199678440

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AcknowledgementsIntroduction1. Perception and the Experience of Objectivity2. The Role of the Imagination3. Perceiving Reasons4. The Further Reaches of Perception5. Moral Perception6. Aesthetic PerceptionConclusionReferences