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Current Controversies in Philosophy of Perception

1st Edition

By Bence Nanay


202 pages

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This book provides an up-to-date and accessible overview of the hottest and most influential contemporary debates in philosophy of perception, written especially for this volume by many of the most important philosophers of the field. The book addresses the following key questions: Can perception be unconscious? What is the relation between perception and attention? What properties can we perceive? Are perceptual states representations? How is vision different from the other sense modalities (like hearing or smell)? How do these sense modalities interact with one another? Contributors are Ned Block, Berit Brogaard, Alex Byrne, Robert Kentridge, John Kulvicki, Heather Logue, Mohan Matthen, Bence Nanay, Matt Nudds, Casey O’Callaghan, Adam Pautz, Ian Phillips, Susanna Siegel and Wayne Wu.


"A really well structured and important new collection of papers, dealing with central issues in the philosophy of perception. Required reading for anyone who has an interest in the latest philosophical debates about perception."

Michael Tye, University of Texas at Austin, USA

Table of Contents

Current Controversies in the Philosophy of Perception

Edited by Bence Nanay

Table of contents:

  1. Bence Nanay: Philosophy of perception: A road map with lots of bypass roads
  2. Part I: Are perceptual states representations?

  3. Adam Pautz: Experiences are representations: An empirical argument.
  4. Heather Logue: Are perceptual experiences just representations?
  5. Part II: Is perception thin or rich?

  6. Susanna Siegel and Alex Byrne: Rich or thin?
  7. Part III: Non-visual sense modalities

  8. John Kulvicki: Auditory perspectives
  9. Matthew Nudds: Non-visual senses: The distinctive role of sounds and smells.
  10. Part IV: The multimodality of perception

  11. Casey O’Callaghan: Enhancement through coordination
  12. Mohan Matthen: Is perceptual experience normally multimodal?
  13. Part V: Is attention necessary for perception?

  14. Bob Kentridge and Berit Brogaard: The functional roles of attention
  15. Wayne Wu: Attention and perception: A necessary connection?
  16. Part VI: Can perception be unconscious?

  17. Ian Phillips and Ned Block: Debate on unconscious perception
  18. Appendix

  19. Other controversies in philosophy of perception

About the Series

Current Controversies in Philosophy

In venerable Socratic fashion, philosophy proceeds best through reasoned conversation. Current Controversies in Philosophy provides short, accessible volumes that cast a spotlight on ongoing central philosophical conversations. In each book, pairs of experts debate four or five key issues of contemporary concern, setting the stage for students, teachers and researchers to join the discussion. Short chapter descriptions precede each chapter, and an annotated bibliography and study questions conclude each debate. In addition, each volume includes both a general introduction and a supplemental guide to further controversies. Combining timely debates with useful pedagogical aids allows the volumes to serve as clear and detailed snapshots, for all levels of readers, of some the most exciting work happening in philosophy today. 

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