Perception: A Representative Theory

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CUP Archive, May 5, 1977 - Philosophy - 180 pages
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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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Contents

Introduction
1
Three uses of looks
30
The existence of mental objects
50
The case for sensedata
88
Colour and science
120
The objections to representationalism
138
Seeing things and seeing that
154
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Jackson, a Master of Architecture, is also a popular and provocative columnist in the specialist and veterinary press, as well as a regular broadcaster.

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