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  1. Philosophy of perception
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  3. Introduction
  4. Perception |
  5. Sense Perception, Theories of

How to cite. This is a preview of subscription content, log in to check access. Primary Sources Albert the Great De anima. Stroick C.

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Albert the Great Summae de creaturis secunda pars, quae est de homine. Opera omnia, vol 35, ed. Borgnet A. Aquinas Thomas Sentencia libri de anima. Gauthier R-A. Bacon Roger Perspectiva, ed. Lindberg DC. Clarendon, Oxford Google Scholar. Buridan John Quaestiones in Aristotelis De anima liber secundus de tertia lectura, ed.

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In: John Buridan on the soul and sensation. Indirect realism, the view held by John Locke and Nicolas Malebranche , proposes that we can only be aware of mental representations of objects.

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However, this may imply an infinite regress a perceiver within a perceiver within a perceiver This still involves basic ontological issues of the sort raised by Leibniz [10] Locke, Hume , Whitehead and others, which remain outstanding particularly in relation to the binding problem , the question of how different perceptions e. Indirect realism representational views provides an account of issues such as perceptual contents, [11] [12] qualia , dreams, imaginings, hallucinations , illusions, the resolution of binocular rivalry , the resolution of multistable perception , the modelling of motion that allows us to watch TV, the sensations that result from direct brain stimulation, the update of the mental image by saccades of the eyes and the referral of events backwards in time.

Direct realists must either argue that these experiences do not occur or else refuse to define them as perceptions. Idealism holds that reality is limited to mental qualities while skepticism challenges our ability to know anything outside our minds. One of the most influential proponents of idealism was George Berkeley who maintained that everything was mind or dependent upon mind.


Berkeley's idealism has two main strands, phenomenalism in which physical events are viewed as a special kind of mental event and subjective idealism. David Hume is probably the most influential proponent of skepticism. A fourth theory of perception in opposition to naive realism, enactivism , attempts to find a middle path between direct realist and indirect realist theories, positing that cognition arises as a result of the dynamic interplay between an organism's sensory-motor capabilities and its environment.

Instead of seeing perception as a passive process determined entirely by the features of an independently existing world, enactivism suggests that organism and environment are structurally coupled and co-determining. An aspect of perception that is common to both realists and anti-realists is the idea of mental or perceptual space.

David Hume concluded that things appear extended because they have attributes of colour and solidity.

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A popular modern philosophical view is that the brain cannot contain images so our sense of space must be due to the actual space occupied by physical things. The phenomenon of perspective was closely studied by artists and architects in the Renaissance, who relied mainly on the 11th century polymath, Alhazen Ibn al-Haytham , who affirmed the visibility of perceptual space in geometric structuring projections.

How or whether these become conscious experience is still unknown see McGinn From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Zalta ed.

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New York: Oxford University Press. Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique. MacKisack et al.

Sensation & Perception: Information Processing in the Brain

They concentrate on the act of imagining a physical object and take the reader through a detailed history of the philosophy and psychology of the subject. Emphasis is given on the critique of the mere existence of imagery and mental objects, as well as to the long standing debate regarding its iconic or conceptual nature.

The latter iconophobic approach seems to be less popular today thanks, among others, to brain imaging studies revealing common neuronal mechanisms between imagery and perception. They critically assess the role of experimental instructions, redundant information, crossmodal correspondences, semantic congruency, and context in achieving the unity effect, and review experimental evidence from studies on spatial and temporal ventriloquism, the McGurk effect, and the Colavita visual dominance effect.

The possible relationship between the nowadays popular Bayesian framework of brain function and the unity assumption is also discussed.