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The Problem of Perception
The Problem of Perception

The Problem of Perception

by A D Smith

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Motilal Banarsidass


812082024X - Year: 2005 - Pages: 324



A D Smith
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Author: A D Smith
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass
Year: 2005
Language: English
Pages: 324
ISBN/UPC (if available): 812082024X


In a major contribution to the theory of perception, A D Smith presents a truly original defense of direct realism-the view that in perception we are directly aware of things in the physical world.

The Problem of Perception offers two arguments against direct realism-one concerning illusion, and one concerning hallucination-that up to now no theory of perception could adequately rebut. Smith then develops a theory of perception that succeeds in answering these arguments; and because these arguments are the only two that present direct realism with serious problems arising from the nature of perception, direct realism emerges here, for the first time, as an ultimately tenable position within the philosophy of perception.

At the heart of Smith's theory is a new way of drawing the distinction between perception and sensation, along with an unusual treatment of the nature of objects of hallucination. With in-depth reference to both the analytical and the phenomenological literature on perception, and with telling criticism of alternative views, Smith's work will be of value to philosophers of perception in both the analytical and the phenomenological tradition, as well as to psychologists of perception.


Swith offers a truly original defense of direct realism, the view that in perception we are directly aware of things in the physical world, The author demonstrates an exhaustive knowledge of all the relevant literature on perception, current and historical, analytical and phenomenological. It is rare to find someone who has such a detailed knowledge of both the current and historical literature on perception. And it is even more rare to find someone with such an indepth knowledge of both the analytical and the phenomenological literature on perception.
-Brian P McLaughlin, Rutgers University

Smith introduces the problems of perception-the arguments form illusion and hallucination-within an historically and psychologically informed setting and then offers his own solutions to the problems, presenting by the end of book a fairly complete account of perceptual consciousness, Page after page you get a sense of just how immersed he has been in a whole series of different debates. Particularly noteworthy is how someone within a predominantly analytic stream of dealing with these matters also addresses with sensitive interpretation the phenomenological tradition.
-Mike Martin, University College, London





The Argument

Three Theories of Perception

Perception and Conception

Taking Stock

The Nature of Perceptual Consciousness

The Solution


The Argument

An Extreme Proposal

The Solution



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