The Puzzle of Experience by J. J. Valberg

The Puzzle of Experience

byJ. J. Valberg

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

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If we reason in a certain way about our experience, we are driven to the conclusion that what is present to us - the object of our experience - is something that exists only in so far as it is present, hence that it is not part of the world. If, on the other hand, we simply open up to ourexperience, all we find is the world. This book sets out both to explain why we are entangled in this puzzle and to consider ways of solving it. In examining the puzzle, and possible solutions to it, Dr Valberg discusses relevant views of Hume, Kant, Heidegger, Wittgenstein, and Strawson, as well as ideas from the recent philosophy of perception. Finally, he describes and analyses a manifestation of the puzzle outside philosophy, ineveryday experience. Scholars and students of philosophy will find much to challenge and stimulate them in this original and clearly argued book.

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J. J. Valberg is a Senior Lecturer, Department of Philosophy at University College London.
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Title:The Puzzle of ExperienceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.79 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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If we reason in a certain way about our experience, we are driven to the conclusion that what is present to us - the object of our experience - is something that exists only in so far as it is present, hence that it is not part of the world. If, on the other hand, we simply open up to our experience, all we find is the world. This book sets out both to explain why we are entangled in this puzzle and to consider ways of solving it. In examining the puzzle, and possible solutions to the puzzle, Dr Valberg discusses relevant views of Hume, Kant, Heidegger, Wittgenstein, and Strawson, as well as ideas from the recent philosophy of perception. Finally, he describes and analyses a manifestation of the puzzle outside philosophy, in everyday life. Scholars and students of philosophy will find much to challenge and stimulate them in this original and clearly argued work.

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`Excellent and very interesting book ... There are many penetrating and fascinating discussions in these chapters ... Valberg's book is of great merit. I hope it gets the reading and discussion it deserves.'Philosophy and Phenomenological Research