The senses are our primary means of access to and thus knowledge about the world around us. Philosophical thinking about sense perception has traditionally focussed upon vision and visual experience with other sense modalities often remaining an afterthought and yet, the senses play a key role in developing the most challenging problems of philosophy. The Senses: A Philosophical Introduction is an engaging and lucid introduction to the issues raised by the on-going ‘turn to the senses’ in philosophy of perception.
Examining contemporary philosophical debates about the senses and locating these debates in the context of broader issues in the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of psychology and cognitive science, this book is invaluable reading for all students and individuals seeking to understanding philosophy of the senses.
Table of Contents
Introduction Part I: The nature and individuation of the senses 1: Distinguishing between the senses 2: What is a sense? Part II: Non visual perception 3: Hearing 4: Smell and taste 5: Touch and bodily awareness Part III: Combining the senses 6: Molyneux’s question 7: Multisensory perception 8: Sensory substitution and sensory impairment 9: Synaesthesia
Louise Richardson is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of York, UK.