Spatial Representation: Problems in Philosophy and Psychology

Paperback | March 1, 1999

EditorNaomi Eilan, Rosaleen McCarthy, Bill Brewer

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Spatial Representation presents original, specially written essays by leading psychologists and philosophers on a fascinating set of topics at the intersection of these two disciplines. They address such questions as these: Do the extraordinary navigational abilities of birds mean that thesebirds have the same kind of grip on the idea of a spatial world as we do? Is there a difference between the way sighted and blind subjects represent the world 'out there'? Does the study of brain-injured subjects, such as 'blind seers', tell us anything about the working of normal spatialconsciousness? The essays are arranged into five sections, each of which reflects a central area of research into spatial cognition, and opens with a short introduction by the editors, designed to facilitate cross-disciplinary reading. The volume as a whole offers a rich and compelling expression of the view thatto advance our understanding of the way we represent the external world it is necessary to draw on both philosophical and psychological approaches.

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Spatial Representation presents original, specially written essays by leading psychologists and philosophers on a fascinating set of topics at the intersection of these two disciplines. They address such questions as these: Do the extraordinary navigational abilities of birds mean that thesebirds have the same kind of grip on the idea ...

Naomi Eilan is Research Fellow in Philosophy at the University of Warwick; Rosaleen McCarthy is University Lecturer in Experimental Psychology at the University of Cambridge; Bill Brewer is Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy at St Catherine's College, Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:March 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780198238874

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Table of Contents

Naomi Eilan, Rosaleen McCarthy, and Bill Brewer: General IntroductionI. FRAMES OF REFERENCEBill Brewer Brewer and Julian Pears: Introduction1. Herbert L. Pick Jr.: Organization of spatial knowledge in children2. John O'Keefe: Kant and the sea-horse: An essay in the neurophilosophy of space3. John Campbell: The role of physical objects in spatial thinkingII. INTUITIVE PHYSICSNaomi Eilan: Introduction4. Lynn A. Cooper and Margaret P. Munger: Extrapolating and remembering positions along cognitive trajectories: Uses and limitations of analogies to physical motion5. Elizabeth S. Spelke and Gretchen A. Van de Walle: Perceiving and reasoning about objects: Insights from infants6. Christopher Peacocke: Intuitive mechanics, psychological reality and the idea of a material objectIII. SPATIAL REPRESENTATION IN THE SENSORY MODALITIESNaomi Eilan: Introduction7. Roberta L. Klatzky and Susan J. Lederman: Spatial and nonspatial avenues to object recognition by the human haptic system