The Senses: Classic and Contemporary Philosophical Perspectives by Fiona MacphersonThe Senses: Classic and Contemporary Philosophical Perspectives by Fiona Macpherson

The Senses: Classic and Contemporary Philosophical Perspectives

EditorFiona Macpherson

Paperback | May 11, 2011

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The senses, or sensory modalities, constitute the different ways we have of perceiving the world, such as seeing, hearing, touching, tasting and smelling. But how many senses are there? How many could there be? What makes the senses different? What interaction takes place between the senses?This book is a guide to thinking about these questions. Together with an extensive introduction to the topic, the book contains the key classic papers on this subject together with nine newly commissioned essays.One reason that these questions are important is that we are receiving a huge influx of new information from the sciences that challenges some traditional philosophical views about the senses. This information needs to be incorporated into our view of the senses and perception. Can we do this whilstretaining our pre-existing concepts of the senses and of perception or do we need to revise our concepts? If they need to be revised, then in what way should that be done? Research in diverse areas, such as the nature of human perception, varieties of non-human animal perception, the interactionbetween different sensory modalities, perceptual disorders, and possible treatments for them, calls into question the platitude that there are five senses, as well as the pre-supposition that we know what we are counting when we count them as five (or more).This book will serve as an inspiring introduction to the topic and as a basis from which further new research will grow.
Fiona Macpherson is Senior Lecturer and Director of the Centre for the Study of Perceptual Experience and Director of Postgraduate Studies at the University of Glasgow.
Title:The Senses: Classic and Contemporary Philosophical PerspectivesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:May 11, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Notes on ContributorsIntroduction1. Fiona Macpherson: Individuating the SensesSection 1: Classic Papers2. Aristotle: Excerpt from On the Soul3. Richard Sorabji: Aristotle on Demarcating the Five Senses4. H. P. Grice: Some Remarks About the Senses5. J. W. Roxbee Cox: Distinguishing the Senses6. C. A. J. Coady: The Senses of Martians7. John Heil: The Senses, excerpt from Perception and Cognition8. Mark Leon: Characterising the Senses9. Norton Nelkin: Categorising the Senses10. M. G. F. Martin: Sight and TouchSection 2: New Papers11. Richard Gray: On the Nature of the Senses12. Robert Hopkins: Re-imagining, Re-Viewing and Re-Touching13. John Heil: The Senses14. John O'Dea: A Proprioceptive Account of the Sensory Modalities15. Matthew Nudds: The Senses as Psychological Kinds16. A. D. Smith: Tastes, Temperatures, and Pains17. Tim Bayne: The Sense of Agency18. Austen Clark: Cross Modal Cuing and Selective AttentionIndex