The Senses and the History of Philosophy

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Brian Glenney, Josť Filipe Silva
Routledge, Feb 21, 2019 - Philosophy - 365 pages

The study of perception and the role of the senses have recently risen to prominence in philosophy and are now a major area of study and research. However, the philosophical history of the senses remains a relatively neglected subject. Moving beyond the current philosophical canon, this outstanding collection offers a wide-ranging and diverse philosophical exploration of the senses, from the classical period to the present day. Written by a team of international contributors, it is divided into six parts:

  • Perception from Non-Western Perspectives
  • Perception in the Ancient Period
  • Perception in the Medieval Latin/Arabic Period
  • Perception in the Early Modern Period
  • Perception in the Post-Kantian Period
  • Perception in the Contemporary Period.

The volume challenges conventional philosophical study of perception by covering a wide range of significant, as well as hitherto overlooked, topics, such as perceptual judgment, temporal and motion illusions, mirror and picture perception, animal senses and cross-modal integration. By investigating the history of the senses in thinkers such as Plotinus, Auriol, Berkeley and Cavendish; and considering the history of the senses in diverse philosophical traditions, including Chinese, Indian, Byzantine, Greek and Latin it brings a fresh approach to studying the history of philosophy itself.

Including a thorough introduction as well as introductions to each section by the editors, The Senses and the History of Philosophy is essential reading for students and researchers in the history of philosophy, perception, philosophy of mind, philosophical psychology, aesthetics and eastern and non-western philosophy. It will also be extremely useful for those in related disciplines such as psychology, religion, sociology, intellectual history and cognitive sciences.


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List of contributors
Perception and its disorders in early China
Perception in Nyāya
Plotinus on perception
Introduction to Part III
Perceptual errors in late medieval philosophy
Locke on Molyneuxs question and perceptual concepts of shape
Berkeleys account of extension and its place in vision science
Berkeley versus Reid on the moon illusion
Margaret Cavendishs theorizing about
Introduction to Part V
Out of touch with the world of the blind
Perceiving surfaces and what they depict

The metaphysics of mirror images in Albert
Peter Auriol and Adam Wodeham on perception and judgment
Anton Wilhelm Amo and the problems of perception
Olfaction and informational richness
Molyneux neuroplasticity and technologies of sensory substitution

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About the author (2019)

Brian Glenney is Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Program at Norwich University, USA.

Josť Filipe Silva is Associate Professor of Medieval Philosophy at the University of Helsinki, Finland and the Director of the ERC project Rationality in Perception: Transformations of Mind and Cognition 1250-1550.

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