The Cognitive Penetrability of Perception: New Philosophical Perspectives by John ZeimbekisThe Cognitive Penetrability of Perception: New Philosophical Perspectives by John Zeimbekis

The Cognitive Penetrability of Perception: New Philosophical Perspectives

EditorJohn Zeimbekis, Athanassios Raftopoulos

Hardcover | August 2, 2015

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According to the cognitive penetrability hypothesis, our beliefs, desires, and possibly our emotions literally affect how we see the world. This book elucidates the nature of the cognitive penetrability and impenetrability hypotheses, assesses their plausibility, and explores theirphilosophical consequences. It connects the topic's multiple strands (the psychological findings, computationalist background, epistemological consequences of cognitive architecture, and recent philosophical developments) at a time when the outcome of many philosophical debates depends on knowingwhether and how cognitive states can influence perception. All sixteen chapters were written especially for the book. The first chapters provide methodological and conceptual clarification of the topic and give an account of the relations between penetrability, encapsulation, modularity, and cross-modal interactions in perception. Assessments ofpsychological and neuroscientific evidence for cognitive penetration are given by several chapters. Most of the contributions analyse the impact of cognitive penetrability and impenetrability on specific philosophical topics: high-level perceptual contents, the epistemological consequences ofpenetration, nonconceptual content, the phenomenology of late perception, metacognitive feelings, and action. The book includes a comprehensive introduction which explains the history of the debate, its key technical concepts (informational encapsulation, early and late vision, the perception-cognition distinction, hard-wired perceptual processing, perceptual learning, theory-ladenness), and the debate'srelevance to current topics in the philosophy of mind and perception, epistemology, and philosophy of psychology.
John Zeimbekis is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Patras. He works on the philosophy of perception, especially demonstrative thought, the metaphysics of qualities, and the relations between thought, perception, imagery, memory, and pictures. He has published papers on perception in Nous and Philosophical Studies....
Title:The Cognitive Penetrability of Perception: New Philosophical PerspectivesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:464 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.24 inPublished:August 2, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198738919

ISBN - 13:9780198738916


Table of Contents

Athanassios Raftopoulos and John Zeimbekis: The Cognitive Penetrability of Perception: An OverviewI. DEFINITIONAL AND METHODOLOGICAL ISSUES1. Edouard Machery: Cognitive Penetrability: A No-Progress Report2. Dustin Stokes: Towards a Consequentialist Understanding of Cognitive PenetrationII. MODULARITY, ENCAPSULATION AND IMPENETRABILITY3. Jack C. Lyons: Unencapsulated Modules and Perceptual Judgment4. Daniel Burnston and Jonathan Cohen: Perceptual Integration, Modularity, and Cognitive Penetration5. Ophelia Deroy: Multisensory Perception and Cognitive Penetration: The Unity Assumption, Thirty Years AfterIII. SUBSTANTIVE IMPENETRABILITY AND PENETRABILITY CLAIMS6. Fred Dretske: Perception versus Conception: The Goldilocks Test7. Robert Briscoe: Cognitive Penetration and the Reach of Phenomenal Content8. Brad Mahon and Wayne Wu: Cognitive Penetration of the Dorsal Visual Stream?9. Christopher Mole: Attention and Cognitive PenetrationIV. COGNITIVE PENETRABILITY AND THE PHENOMENOLOGY OF PERCEPTION10. Jerome Dokic and Jean-Remy Martin: Looks the same but feels different: A metacognitive approach to cognitive penetrability11. Athanassios Raftopoulos: Cognitive Penetrability and Consciousness12. John Zeimbekis: Seeing, Visualizing, and Believing: Pictures and Cognitive PenetrationV. COGNITIVE PENETRABILITY AND NONCONCEPTUAL CONTENT13. Fiona Macpherson: Cognitive Penetration and Nonconceptual ContentVI. COGNITIVE PENETRABILITY AND REALISM14. Jonathan Lowe: Perceptual Content, Cognitive Penetrability, and Realism15. Costas Pagondiotis: Cognitive (Im)penetrability of Vision: Restricting Vision versus Restricting CognitionSusanna Siegel: Afterword: Epistemic Evaluability and Perceptual FarceIndex