Perception Through the Eyes of Philosophers

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Abstract

Reviews the book, Perceptual Experience, edited by Tamar Szabó Gendler and John Hawthorne (see record 2006-08759-000). In the this volume, 17 philosophers address a number of important questions about perception in 15 essays. Gendler and Hawthorne note in the introduction that two observations have traditionally shaped thought on perceptual experience. The first observation is that perception is the avenue through which people have contact with the world. Through this contact, people recognize that certain objects have certain properties. However, the second observation is that people's perceptions can be false (e.g., illusions and hallucinations). This book is is an excellent collection of essays that shed light on the philosophical questions that many psychologists neglect. The essays, at times, may challenge psychologists to think of perception related issues from a different perspective and with different terminology; nevertheless, it is an essential and thought-provoking challenge. Overall, this book is an important volume to add to one's library on perception. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved)

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