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Philosophy of Perception in an Age of Science





ISBN 9781032092195
Published June 30, 2021 by Routledge
354 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations

 
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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

Preface



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

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Biography

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.