Showing, Sensing, and Seeming: Distinctively Sensory Representations and their Contents

Hardcover | October 26, 2013

byDominic Gregory

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Certain representations are bound in a special way to our sensory capacities. Many pictures show things as looking certain ways, for instance, while auditory mental images show things as sounding certain ways. What do all those distinctively sensory representations have in common, and whatmakes them different from representations of other kinds? Dominic Gregory argues that they are alike in having meanings of a certain special type. He employs a host of novel ideas relating to kinds of perceptual states, sensory perspectives, and sensory varieties of meaning to provide a detailedaccount of the special nature of the contents which belong to distinctively sensory representations. The resulting theory is then used to shed light on a wide range of intellectual issues. Some of the topics addressed in Showing, Sensing, and Seeming relate to distinctively sensory representationsin general, but many of them concern distinctively sensory representations of more specific kinds. The book contains detailed philosophical examinations of sensory mental imagery and pictures, for instance, and of memory, photography, and analogous nonvisual phenomena.

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Certain representations are bound in a special way to our sensory capacities. Many pictures show things as looking certain ways, for instance, while auditory mental images show things as sounding certain ways. What do all those distinctively sensory representations have in common, and whatmakes them different from representations of ot...

Dominic Gregory is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Sheffield. He has published papers on aesthetics, logic, metaphysics, and the philosophy of mind.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:October 26, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199653739

ISBN - 13:9780199653737

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Things to explain2. Matters of perspective3. A theory of distinctively sensory content4. Applications and extensions5. Mental images6. Pictures7. More on pictures8. Distinctively sensory recordsConclusionReferencesIndex