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Ways of SeeingThe scope and limits of visual cognition$
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Pierre Jacob and Marc Jeannerod

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198509219

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198509219.001.0001

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Visual perception

Visual perception

(p.135) 5 Visual perception
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This chapter examines both what can be perceived and how what can be perceived is perceived. First, it asks the question: how can visual perception provide knowledge at all? Since knowledge of the world acquired by perception depends on the identification and the recognition of objects, it examines problems raised by visual recognition. Second, it considers the question of how human vision interacts with the rest of human cognition: how is knowledge gained by visual perception integrated with knowledge gained by other means? Third, it examines the scope and limits of purely visual knowledge. Fourth, it asks the question: how intelligent are perceptual processes? Fifth, it asks whether all of one's visual experiences ought to be treated as beliefs or judgments. Finally, the chapter re-examines the puzzles of the phenomenology of human visual experience in the light of the problem of binding.

Keywords:   visual perception, identification, recognition, visual knowledge, perceptual processes

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