1st Edition

Spatial Senses Philosophy of Perception in an Age of Science

Edited By Tony Cheng, Ophelia Deroy, Charles Spence Copyright 2019
    354 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    354 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This collection of essays brings together research on sense modalities in general and spatial perception in particular in a systematic and interdisciplinary way. It updates a long-standing philosophical fascination with this topic by incorporating theoretical and empirical research from cognitive science, neuroscience, and psychology. The book is divided thematically to cover a wide range of established and emerging issues. Part I covers notions of objectivity and subjectivity in spatial perception and thinking. Part II focuses on the canonical distal senses, such as vision and audition. Part III concerns the chemical senses, including olfaction and gustation. Part IV discusses bodily awareness, peripersonal space, and touch. Finally, the volume concludes with Part V on multimodality. Spatial Senses is an important contribution to the scholarly literature on the philosophy of perception that takes into account important advances in the sciences.


    Tony Cheng

    Introduction: Sensing in and of Space

    Tony Cheng, Ophelia Deroy, and Charles Spence

    Part I: 21st Century Oxford Kantianism, or: Transcendental Philosophy Naturalised?

    1. Strawson and Evans on Objectivity and Space

    Paul F. Snowdon

    2. Is Bálint’s Syndrome a Counterexample of the Kantian Spatiality Thesis?

    Tony Cheng

    Part II: Perceptual Magnitudes, Phenomenal Space, and Frames of Reference

    3. Spatial Perception, Magnitudes, and Analogue Representation

    Christopher Peacocke

    4. Wittgenstein, Spatial Phenomenology, and the "Private Language Argument"

    Thomas Raleigh

    5. The Two-Visual-Systems Hypothesis and the View from Here

    Robert Foley

    Part III: Sounds, Smells, and Space

    6. Why Space Matters to an Understanding of Sounds

    Elvira Di Bona

    7. Smell-Scapes: A Neurobiological and Ecological Perspective

    Johannes Frasnelli and Raphaël Proulx

    8. The Many Problems of Distal Olfactory Perception

    Benjamin D. Young

    9. Spatial Awareness and the Chemical Senses

    Barry C. Smith

    Part IV: Body Spaces

    10. Spatial Certainty: Feeling is the Truth

    Ophelia Deroy and Merle Fairhurst

    11. Peripersonal Space: Its Functions, Plasticity, and Neural Basis

    Eleonora Vagnoni and Matthew Longo

    12. On the Very Idea of a Tactile Field, or: A Plea for Skin Space

    Tony Cheng

    Part V: Molyneux’s Question and Multimodality

    13. Objectivity and Unity across the Modalities: Molyneux’s Question Revisited

    Naomi Eilan

    14. Molyneux’s Question within and across the Senses

    John Schwenkler

    15. Evaluating the Spatial Rule of Multisensory Integration

    Charles Spence

    16. The Inside-Out Binding Problem

    Léa Salje


    Tony Cheng is a Ph.D. Candidate at University College London, UK. His works have been published in Phenomenology and Cognitive Sciences, Philosophical Investigations, Philosophical Psychology, and Trends in Cognitive Sciences.

    Ophelia Deroy holds the Chair in Philosophy of Mind at Ludwig-Maximilians University, Germany, and is also the Deputy Director of the Institute of Philosophy at the University of London, UK. Her work has appeared in Multisensory Research, Philosophical Studies, and the Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Perception, and she is the editor of Sensory blending: on synaesthesia and related phenomena.

    Charles Spence is Professor of Experimental Psychology and Head of the Crossmodal Research Laboratory at the University of Oxford, UK. He is the co-author of In touch with the future: The sense of touch from cognitive neuroscience to virtual reality (2014), and also the author of various other books. He has hundreds of papers in high-profile journals.