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Paolo Bozzi’s Experimental Phenomenology

ISBN 9780815378464
Published September 4, 2018 by Routledge
446 Pages 14 Color & 132 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This anthology translates eighteen papers by Italian philosopher and experimental psychologist Paolo Bozzi (1930-2003), bringing his distinctive and influential ideas to an English-speaking audience for the first time. The papers cover a range of methodological and experimental questions concerning the phenomenology of perception and their theoretical implications, with each one followed by commentary from leading international experts.

In his laboratory work, Bozzi investigated visual and auditory perception, such as our responses to pendular motion and bodies in freefall, afterimages, transparency effects, and grouping effects in dot lattices and among sounds (musical notes). Reflecting on the results of his enquiries against the background of traditional approaches to experimentation in these fields, Bozzi took a unique realist stance that challenges accepted approaches to perception, arguing that experimental phenomenology is neither a science of the perceptual process nor a science of the appearances; it is a science of how things are.

The writings collected here offer an important resource for psychologists of perception and philosophers, as well as for researchers in cognitive science.

Table of Contents

Part I

1. Experimental Phenomenology
Translated and commented by Ivana Bianchi

2. On some paradoxes of current perceptual theories
Commented by Sergei Gepshtein

3. Phenomenal experience, epistemic experience and psychological experience. Notes towards an epistemology of the phenomenological experimental method.

Translated by Richard Davies and commented by Maurizio Ferraris

Part II

4. The stream of consciousness, or the events under observation
Translated by Achille Varzi and commented by Richard Davies

5. Untimely meditations on the relation between self and non-self

Translated by Alessio Moretti and commented by Robert Kelly and Barry Smith

6. Logical analysis of the psychophysical (L-R) scheme

Translated by Richard Davies and commented by Francesco Orilia and Michele Paolini Paoletti

7. Five varieties of stimulus error

Translated and commented by Roberto Casati

8. Seeing As

Translated and commented by Kevin Mulligan

Part III

9. Phenomenological descriptions and physical-geometrical descriptions

Translated and commented by Ugo Savardi

10. Interobservation as a method for experimental phenomenology

Translated and commented by Michael Kubovy

Part IV

11. Phenomenological analysis of pendular harmonic motion & the conditions for "natural" motion along incline

Translated by Paola Bressan and Paolo Gaudiano and commented by Marco Bertamini.

12. A new factor of perceptual grouping: demonstration in terms of pure experimental phenomenology.

Translated and commented by Luigi Burigana

13. Two factors of unification for musical notes: closeness in time and closeness in tone.

Translated by Luisa Zecchinelli and Richard Davies and commented by Luisa Zecchinelli

14. Observations on some cases of phenomenal transparency obtained with line drawings

Translated by Sergio Cesare Masin and commented by Daniele Zavagno

15. Original observations on certain characteristics of afterimages

Translated by Tiziano Agostini and commented by Tiziano Agostini and Alessandra Galmonte

16. Tertiary Qualities

Translated and commented by Ian Verstegen and Carlo Maria Fossaluzza


17. Experimental Phenomenology: a Historical Profile.

Commented by Alan Costall

18. What is still living and what has died of the Gestalt approach to the analysis of perception. Commented by Johan Wagemans

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Ivana Bianchi was a close collaborator of Paolo Bozzi in his last years and is Associate Professor of General Psychology, University of Macerata, Italy.

Richard Davies teaches theoretical philosophy at the University of Bergamo, Italy. He previously held positions at Trinity College, University of Cambridge, UK.


‘Bozzi was an original whose thinking did not observe conventional boundaries. The same may be said of this collection of elegant original essays inspired by Bozzi’s writings. It offers the reader the prospect of a rich and challenging intellectual feast. William Epstein, Emeritus Professor, University of Wisconsin, USA

‘Paolo Bozzi was an unusual and original psychologist and philosopher, who developed a distinctive picture of the psychology and the phenomenology of perception, in particular in its connection to the philosophical question of realism. Yet his work is not as widely known as it should be. This volume of his essays, supplemented by commentaries by contemporary experts, is an invaluable resource, and will surely help in giving Bozzi’s work the wider recognition it deserves.’ Tim Crane, Professor of Philosophy, Central European University, Hungary