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Seeing, Doing, and KnowingA Philosophical Theory of Sense Perception$
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Mohan Matthen

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199268504

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199268509.001.0001

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Prelude: The New Philosophy of Vision

Prelude: The New Philosophy of Vision

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(p.1) Prelude: The New Philosophy of Vision
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Seeing, Doing, and Knowing
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DOI:10.1093/0199268509.003.0001

Traditional theories of perception treat sensation as an image projected from the state of sensory receptors; more recently, cognitive scientists have focussed on how it is the result of data extraction. There are philosophical problems about how to accommodate the new paradigm: notably how to describe perceptual content in such a way as to preserve the epistemic innocence and egocentric perspective of the perceiver. The way to address this problem is to look at how perception is instinctively used, in particular, how it is used in order to gain knowledge about the world.

Keywords:   constancy, error, information, perception and action, perception and knowledge, realism, representation, scepticism

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