The Nature of Perception

Paperback | February 1, 2003

byJohn Foster

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John Foster presents a penetrating investigation into the question: what is it to perceive a physical object? Is perceptual contact with a physical object, he asks, something fundamental, or does it break down into further factors? If the latter, what are these factors, and how do they combineto secure the contact?For most of the book, Foster addressed these questions in the framework of a realist view of the physical world. But the arguments which thereby unfold - arguments which undermine direct realism and establish a version of the sense-datum theory - lead to the conclusion that we do no perceivephysical objects at all. The only way to avoid this conclusion is by abandoning physical realism for a form of idealism, and this is the option which Foster finally embraces. The Nature of Perception makes an important contrbution to the ongoing debate: it sheds fresh light on the traditional issues, and breathes new life into positions which most current philosophers assume to be dead.

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John Foster presents a penetrating investigation into the question: what is it to perceive a physical object? Is perceptual contact with a physical object, he asks, something fundamental, or does it break down into further factors? If the latter, what are these factors, and how do they combineto secure the contact?For most of the book,...

John Foster has been Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy at Brasenose College, Oxford, since 1966.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:298 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.66 inPublished:February 1, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. The Reshaping of the Issue2. An Examination of Strong Direct Realism3. The Mediating Psychological State4. The Problem of Perception5. The Idealist SolutionBibliography; Index

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