Perception : a representative theory

Frank Jackson

What is the nature of, and what is the relationship between, external objects and our visual perceptual experience of them? In this book, Frank Jackson defends the answers provided by the traditional Representative theory of perception. He argues, among other things that we are never immediately aware of external objects, that they are the causes of our perceptual experiences and that they have only the primary qualities. In the course of the argument, sense data and the distinction between mediate and immediate perception receive detailed defences and the author criticises attempts to reduce perceiving the believing and to show that the Representative theory makes the external world unknowable. Jackson recognises that his views are unfashionable but argues in detail that they are to be preferred to their currently favoured competitors. It will become an obvious point of reference for all future work on the philosophy of perception.

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  • Introduction
  • 1. The distinction between mediate and immediate objects of perception
  • 2. Three uses of 'looks' 3. The existence of mental objects
  • 4. The case for sense-data
  • 5. Colour and science
  • 6. The objections to representationalism
  • 7. Seeing things and seeing that
  • Bibliography
  • Index.

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書名 Perception : a representative theory
著作者等 Jackson, Frank
出版元 Cambridge University Press
刊行年月 1977
ページ数 180 p.
大きさ 23 cm
ISBN 0521215501
NCID BA01062845
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス