What Is the Problem of Perception?

Synthesis Philosophica 20 (2):237-264 (2005)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Abstract
What is the distinctively philosophical problem of perception? Here it is argued that it is the conflict between the nature of perceptual experience as it intuitively seems to us, and certain possibilities which are implicit in the very idea of experience: possibilities of illusion and to the world' which involves direct awareness of existing objects and their properties. But if one can have an experience of the same kind without the object being there -- a hallucination of an object -- then it seems that perceptual experience cannot essentially be such a relation. This is the fundamentally philosophical problem of perception; the various philosophical theories of perception in the 20th and 21st centuries can be seen as responses to it.
Keywords
PhilPapers/Archive ID
CRAWIT-6
Revision history
First archival date: 2016-09-28
Latest version: 1 (2018-08-16)
View upload history
References found in this work BETA
A Study of Concepts.PEACOCKE, Christopher

View all 106 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

View all 7 citations / Add more citations

Added to PP index
2009-01-28

Total views
1,874 ( #1,130 of 50,116 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
550 ( #470 of 50,116 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks to external links.