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A Theory of Feelings Anger and Forgiveness"My Madness Saved Me"10 Good Questions about Life and Death12 Modern Philosophers50 Reasons People Give for Believing in a GodA Cabinet of Philosophical CuriositiesA Case for IronyA Companion to BioethicsA Companion to Buddhist PhilosophyA Companion to FoucaultA Companion to GenethicsA Companion to GenethicsA Companion to HumeA Companion to KantA Companion to Phenomenology and ExistentialismA Companion to PragmatismA Companion to the Philosophy of ActionA Companion to the Philosophy of BiologyA Companion to the Philosophy of LiteratureA Conceptual History of PsychologyA Critique of Naturalistic Philosophies of MindA Cursing Brain?A Delicate BalanceA Farewell to AlmsA Frightening LoveA Future for PresentismA Guide to the Good LifeA History of PsychiatryA History of the MindA Life Worth LivingA Manual of Experimental PhilosophyA Map of the MindA Metaphysics of PsychopathologyA Mind So RareA Natural History of Human MoralityA Natural History of Human ThinkingA Natural History of VisionA Parliament of MindsA Philosopher Looks at The Sense of HumorA Philosophical DiseaseA Philosophy of BoredomA Philosophy of Cinematic ArtA Philosophy of CultureA Philosophy of EmptinessA Philosophy of FearA Philosophy of PainA Physicalist ManifestoA Place for ConsciousnessA Question of TrustA Research Agenda for DSM-VA Revolution of the MindA Sentimentalist Theory of the MindA Stroll With William JamesA Tear is an Intellectual ThingA Theory of FreedomA Thousand MachinesA Universe of ConsciousnessA Very Bad WizardA Virtue EpistemologyA World Full of GodsA World Without ValuesAbout FaceAbout the Beginning of the Hermeneutics of the SelfAction and ResponsibilityAction in ContextAction Theory, Rationality and CompulsionAction, Contemplation, and HappinessAction, Emotion and WillAdam SmithAdaptive DynamicsAddictionAddictionAddiction and ResponsibilityAddiction Is a ChoiceAdvances in Identity Theory and ResearchAftermathAfterwarAgainst AdaptationAgainst AutonomyAgainst BioethicsAgainst HappinessAgainst HealthAgency and ActionAgency and AnswerabilityAgency and EmbodimentAgency and ResponsibilityAgency, Freedom, and Moral ResponsibilityAl-JununAlain BadiouAlain BadiouAlasdair MacIntyreAlien Landscapes?Altered EgosAn Anthology of Psychiatric EthicsAn Ethics for TodayAn Intellectual History of CannibalismAn Interpretation of DesireAn Introduction to EthicsAn Introduction to Kant's Moral Philosophy An Introduction to Philosophy of EducationAn Introduction to the Philosophy of MindAn Introduction to the Philosophy of MindAn Introduction to the Philosophy of PsychologyAn Introductory Philosophy of MedicineAn Odd Kind of FameAnalytic FreudAnalytic Philosophy in AmericaAncient AngerAncient Models of MindAncient Philosophy of the SelfAngerAnimal LessonsAnimal MindsAnimals Like UsAnnihilationAnother PlanetAnswers for AristotleAnti-ExternalismAnti-Individualism and KnowledgeAntigone’s ClaimAntipsychiatryAre We Hardwired?Are Women Human?Arguing about DisabilityArguing About Human NatureAristotle and the Philosophy of FriendshipAristotle on Practical WisdomAristotle's ChildrenAristotle's Ethics and Moral ResponsibilityAristotle, Emotions, and EducationArt & MoralityArt After Conceptual ArtArt in Three DimensionsArt, Self and KnowledgeArtificial ConsciousnessArtificial HappinessAspects of PsychologismAsylum to ActionAtonement and ForgivenessAttention is Cognitive UnisonAutobiography as PhilosophyAutonomyAutonomy and Mental DisorderAutonomy and the Challenges to LiberalismBabies by DesignBackslidingBadiouBadiou's DeleuzeBadiou, Balibar, Ranciere: Rethinking EmancipationBare Facts And Naked TruthsBasic Desert, Reactive Attitudes and Free WillBattlestar Galactica and PhilosophyBeautyBecoming a SubjectBecoming HumanBehavingBehavioral Genetics in the Postgenomic EraBeing AmoralBeing HumanBeing Mentally Ill: A Sociological Theory Being No OneBeing Realistic about ReasonsBeing ReducedBeing YourselfBelief's Own EthicsBending Over BackwardsBerlin Childhood around 1900Bernard WilliamsBertrand RussellBetter than BothBetter Than WellBetween Two WorldsBeyond HealthBeyond Hegel and NietzscheBeyond KuhnBeyond LossBeyond Moral JudgmentBeyond PostmodernismBeyond ReductionBeyond the DSM StoryBioethicsBioethics and the BrainBioethics in the ClinicBiological Complexity and Integrative PluralismBiology Is TechnologyBiosBipolar ExpeditionsBlackwell Companion to the Philosophy of EducationBlindsight & The Nature of ConsciousnessBlues - Philosophy for EveryoneBlushBob Dylan and PhilosophyBody ConsciousnessBody Image And Body SchemaBody ImagesBody LanguageBody MattersBody WorkBody-Subjects and Disordered MindsBoundBoundaries of the MindBoyleBrain Evolution and CognitionBrain FictionBrain, Mind, and Human Behavior in Contemporary Cognitive ScienceBrain-WiseBrainchildrenBrains, Buddhas, and BelievingBrainstormingBrave New WorldsBreakdown of WillBrief Child Therapy Homework PlannerBrief Inquiry into the Meaning of Sin and FaithBrief Therapy Homework PlannerBritain on the CouchBrute RationalityBuffy the Vampire Slayer and PhilosophyBut Is It Art?Camus and SartreCartesian LinguisticsCartographies of the MindCarving Nature at Its JointsCase Studies in Biomedical Research EthicsCassandra's DaughterCato's TearsCausation and CounterfactualsCauses, Laws, and Free WillChanging Conceptions of the Child from the Renaissance to Post-ModernityChanging the SubjectChaosophyCharacter and Moral Psychology Character as Moral FictionCharles DarwinCherishmentChildhood and the Philosophy of EducationChildrenChildren, Families, and Health Care Decision MakingChoices and ConflictChoosing Not to ChooseChristmas - Philosophy for EveryoneCinema, Philosophy, BergmanCinematic MythmakingCity and Soul in Plato's RepublicClassifying MadnessClear and Queer ThinkingClinical EthicsClinical Psychiatry in Imperial GermanyCodependent ForevermoreCoffee - Philosophy for EveryoneCognition and the BrainCognition of Value in Aristotle's EthicsCognition Through Understanding: Self-Knowledge, Interlocution, Reasoning, ReflectionCognitive BiologyCognitive FictionsCognitive Neuroscience of EmotionCognitive Systems and the Extended MindCognitive Systems and the Extended Mind Cognitive Theories of Mental IllnessCoherence in Thought and ActionCollected Papers, Volume 1Collected Papers, Volume 2College SexComedy IncarnateCommitmentCommunicative Action and Rational ChoiceCompetence, Condemnation, and CommitmentConcealment And ExposureConceptual Analysis and Philosophical NaturalismConceptual Art and PaintingConceptual Issues in Evolutionary BiologyConfessionsConfucianismConnected, or What It Means to Live in the Network SocietyConquest of AbundanceConscience and ConvenienceConsciousnessConsciousnessConsciousnessConsciousness ConsciousnessConsciousness and Its Place in NatureConsciousness and LanguageConsciousness and Mental LifeConsciousness and MindConsciousness and the NovelConsciousness and the SelfConsciousness EmergingConsciousness EvolvingConsciousness ExplainedConsciousness in ActionConsciousness RecoveredConsciousness RevisitedConsciousness, Color, and ContentConsole and ClassifyConstructing the WorldConstructive AnalysisContemporary Debates In Applied EthicsContemporary Debates in Moral TheoryContemporary Debates in Philosophy of BiologyContemporary Debates in Philosophy of MindContemporary Debates in Political PhilosophyContemporary Debates in Social PhilosophyContemporary Perspectives on Natural LawContested Knowledge: Social Theory TodayContesting PsychiatryContext and the AttitudesContinental Philosophy of ScienceControlControlling Our DestiniesConversations About Psychology and Sexual OrientationCopernicus, Darwin and FreudCrazy for YouCreating a Life of Meaning and CompassionCreating ConsilienceCreating HysteriaCreating Mental IllnessCreating Scientific ConceptsCreating the American JunkieCreation, Rationality and AutonomyCreatures Like Us?Crime and CulpabilityCrime, Punishment, and Mental IllnessCrimes of ReasonCritical New Perspectives on Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity DisorderCritical PsychiatryCritical PsychologyCritical ResistanceCritical Thinking About PsychologyCritical VisionsCross and KhoraCruel CompassionCTRL [SPACE]Cultural Psychology of the SelfCultural Theory: An IntroductionCulture and Psychiatric DiagnosisCulture and Subjective Well-BeingCulture of DeathCultures of NeurastheniaCurious EmotionsCurrent Controversies in Experimental PhilosophyCustom and Reason in HumeCustomers and Patrons of the Mad-TradeCutting God in Half - And Putting the Pieces Together AgainCylons in AmericaDamaged IdentitiesDamasio's Error and Descartes' TruthDangerous EmotionsDaniel DennettDaniel DennettDark AgesDarwin and DesignDarwin's Dangerous IdeaDarwin's LegacyDarwin, God and the Meaning of LifeDarwinian PsychiatryDarwinian ReductionismDarwinizing CultureDating: Philosophy for EveryoneDeathDeathDeath and CharacterDeath and CompassionDeath and the AfterlifeDebating DesignDebating HumanismDecision Making, Personhood and DementiaDecomposing the WillDeconstructing PsychotherapyDeconstruction and DemocracyDeeper Than DarwinDeeper than ReasonDefending Science - within ReasonDefining Psychopathology in the 21st CenturyDegrees of BeliefDelusion and Self-DeceptionDelusions and Other Irrational BeliefsDelusions and the Madness of the MassesDementiaDemons, Dreamers, and MadmenDennett and Ricoeur on the Narrative SelfDennett’s PhilosophyDepression Is a ChoiceDepression, Emotion and the SelfDepthDerrida, Deleuze, PsychoanalysisDescartesDescartes and the Passionate MindDescartes' CogitoDescartes's Changing MindDescartes's Concept of MindDescribing Inner Experience?Descriptions and PrescriptionsDesembodied Spirits and Deanimated Bodies Desert Islands and Other Texts (1953-1974)Desire and AffectDesire, Practical Reason, and the GoodDiagnosing the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental DisordersDialectics of the SelfDid My Neurons Make Me Do It?Difference and IdentityDigital SoulDimensional Models of Personality DisordersDisability, Difference, DiscriminationDisjunctivismDisorders of VolitionDisorientation and Moral LifeDispatches from the Freud WarsDisrupted LivesDistractionDisturbed ConsciousnessDivided Minds and Successive SelvesDo Apes Read Minds?Do Fish Feel Pain?Do We Still Need Doctors?Does Consciousness Cause Behavior?Does the Woman Exist?Doing without ConceptsDon't Believe Everything You ThinkDonald DavidsonDonald Davidson on Truth, Meaning, and the MentalDoubting Darwin?Dreaming and Other Involuntary MentationDSM-IV SourcebookDSM-IV SourcebookDSM-IV-TR CasebookDworkin and His CriticsDying to KnowDynamics in ActionDysthymia and the Spectrum of Chronic DepressionsEccentricsEducational MetamorphosesEffective IntentionsElbow Room: The Varieties of Free Will Worth WantingEmbodied Minds in ActionEmbodied RhetoricsEmbodied Selves and Divided MindsEmbryos under the MicroscopeEmergencies in Mental Health PracticeEmerging Conceptual, Ethical and Policy Issues in BionanotechnologyEmotionEmotion and ConsciousnessEmotion and PsycheEmotion ExperienceEmotion RegulationEmotion, Evolution, And RationalityEmotional IntelligenceEmotional ReasonEmotional ReasonEmotional TruthEmotions in Humans and ArtifactsEmotions in the Moral LifeEmotions in the Moral LifeEmpathyEmpathy and AgencyEmpathy and Moral DevelopmentEmpathy and MoralityEmpathy in the Context of PhilosophyEmpirical Ethics in PsychiatryEnchanted LoomsEngaging BuddhismEngineering the Human GermlineEnjoymentEnvyEpicureanismEpistemic LuckEpistemologyEpistemology and EmotionsEpistemology and the Psychology of Human JudgmentEros and the GoodErotic MoralityEssays in Social NeuroscienceEssays in the Metaphysics of Mind Essays on Derek Parfit's On What MattersEssays on Free Will and Moral ResponsibilityEssays on Nonconceptual ContentEssays on Philosophical CounselingEssays on Reference, Language, and MindEssays on the Concept of Mind in Early-Modern PhilosophyEssential Sources in the Scientific Study of ConsciousnessEsssential Philosophy of PsychiatryEternal Sunshine of the Spotless MindEthical Conflicts in PsychologyEthical Issues in Forensic Mental Health ResearchEthical Issues in Human CloningEthical TheoryEthicsEthicsEthics and the A PrioriEthics and the Metaphysics of MedicineEthics and Values in PsychotherapyEthics Done RightEthics ExpertiseEthics in Plain EnglishEthics in PracticeEthics in Psychiatric ResearchEthics of PsychiatryEthics without OntologyEuropean Review of Philosophy. Vol. 5Everyday IrrationalityEvil in Modern ThoughtEvolutionEvolution and the Human MindEvolution's RainbowEvolutionary Origins of MoralityEvolutionary PsychologyExamined LifeExamined LivesExistential AmericaExistentialismExistentialism and Romantic LoveExperimental PhilosophyExperimental PhilosophyExperimental PhilosophyExperimental Philosophy, Rationalism, and NaturalismExperiments in EthicsExplaining ConsciousnessExplaining the BrainExplaining the Computational MindExplanatory PluralismExploding the Gene MythExploring HappinessExploring the SelfExpression and the InnerExpressions of JudgmentFaces of IntentionFact and ValueFact and Value in EmotionFacts, Values, and NormsFads and Fallacies in the Social SciencesFaith and Wisdom in ScienceFatherhoodFear of KnowledgeFearless SpeechFeeling Pain and Being in PainFeelings and EmotionsFeelings of BeingFellow-Feeling and the Moral LifeFeminism and Its DiscontentsFeminism and Philosophy of ScienceFeminist Ethics and Social and Political PhilosophyFeminist Interpretations of Rene DescartesFeminist TheoryField Notes from ElsewhereFinding Consciousness in the BrainFingerprints of GodFlesh in the Age of ReasonFolk Psychological NarrativesFolk Psychology Re-AssessedForces of HabitForgivenessForgiveness and LoveForgiveness and RetributionFoucault 2.0Foucault and PhilosophyFoucault NowFoucault, Psychology and the Analytics of PowerFoundational Issues in Human Brain MappingFoundations of Ethical Practice, Research, and Teaching in PsychologyFour Views on Free WillFree WillFree WillFree WillFree WillFree Will and Action ExplanationFree Will and LuckFree Will And Moral ResponsibilityFree Will as an Open Scientific ProblemFree Will, Agency, and Meaning in LifeFree: Why Science Hasn't Disproved Free WillFreedomFreedom and DeterminismFreedom And NeurobiologyFreedom and ResponsibiltyFreedom and ValueFreedom EvolvesFreedom RegainedFreedom vs. InterventionFreedom, Fame, Lying, and BetrayalFreudFreud and the Question of PseudoscienceFreud As PhilosopherFreud's AnswerFreud, the Reluctant PhilosopherFriedrich NietzscheFrom Chance to ChoiceFrom Clinic to ClassroomFrom Complexity to LifeFrom Enlightenment to ReceptivityFrom Knowledge to Wisdom: A Revolution for Science and the HumanitiesFrom Morality to Mental HealthFrom Passions to EmotionsFrom Philosophy to PsychotherapyFrontiers of ConsciousnessFrontiers of JusticeFurnishing the MindGalileo in PittsburghGenderGender and Mental HealthGender in the MirrorGender TroubleGenesGenes, Women, EqualityGenetic Nature/CultureGenetic ProspectsGenetic ProspectsGenetic SecretsGenocide's AftermathGenomes and What to Make of ThemGerman Idealism and the JewGerman PhilosophyGetting HookedGilles DeleuzeGlobal PhilosophyGluttonyGod and Phenomenal ConsciousnessGoffman's LegacyGoing Amiss in Experimental ResearchGoodness & AdviceGrassroots SpiritualityGrave MattersGrave MattersGreedGreek Models of Mind and SelfGut ReactionsHabilitation, Health, and AgencyHabits of 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Who We Are?How Emotions WorkHow Emotions WorkHow History Made the MindHow Images ThinkHow is Nature Possible?How Propaganda WorksHow Science WorksHow Scientific Practices MatterHow Scientists Explain DiseaseHow The Body Shapes The MindHow the Body Shapes the Way We ThinkHow the Mind Explains BehaviorHow the Mind Uses the BrainHow to Make Opportunity EqualHow to Solve the Mind-Body Problemhow to stop timeHow to Think More About SexHow We HopeHow We ReasonHuman CloningHuman Development, Language and the Future of MankindHuman EnhancementHuman Evolution, Reproduction, and MoralityHuman GoodnessHuman Identity and BioethicsHuman NatureHuman NatureHuman Nature and the Limits of ScienceHuman-Built WorldHumanismHumanism, What's That?HumanityHumans, Animals, MachinesHumeHumeHume on Motivation and VirtueHusserlHystoriesI of the VortexI Was WrongIdeas that MatterIdentifying the MindIdentity and Agency in Cultural WorldsIgnorance and ImaginationIllnessImagination and Its PathologiesImagination and the Meaningful BrainImagining NumbersImmortal RemainsImproving Nature?In Defense of an Evolutionary Concept of HealthIn Defense of SentimentalityIn Love With LifeIn Praise of Athletic BeautyIn Praise of the WhipIn Pursuit of HappinessIn Search of HappinessIn the Name of GodIn the Name of IdentityIn the Space of ReasonsIn Two MindsIncompatibilism's AllureIndividual Differences in Conscious ExperienceInfinity and PerspectiveInformation ArtsInformed Consent in Medical ResearchIngmar Bergman, Cinematic PhilosopherInhuman ThoughtsInner PresenceInsanityIntegrating Psychotherapy and PharmacotherapyIntegrity and the Fragile SelfIntelligent VirtueIntentionIntentionality, Deliberation and AutonomyIntentions and IntentionalityIntentions and IntentionalityInterpreting MindsInterpreting NietzscheIntroducing Greek PhilosophyIntrospection and ConsciousnessIntrospection VindicatedIntuition, Imagination, and Philosophical MethodologyIntuitionismInvestigating the Psychological 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The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of PerceptionReview - The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Perception
by Mohan Matthen (Editor)
Oxford University Press, 2015
Review by Scott Hagaman, Ph.D.
Aug 2nd 2016 (Volume 20, Issue 31)

This handbook is a voluminous collection of articles on a wide range of topics related to perception, which is, in the editor's (p .1) words, "the ultimate source of knowledge about contingent facts." Just how voluminous is this collection?  The 900+ page tome clocks in at four and one-half pounds and contains forty-five articles by fifty-five contributors.  So it occupies a fair bit of shelf-space.  It weighs in heavily--and well--on the metaphysics and science of perception, but is unfortunately significantly lighter when it comes to the epistemology of perception.  The inclusion of just a few more articles with an epistemic focus would have brought the volume close to being fully comprehensive.

The primary role a volume of this type should serve is to be a sophisticated introduction to a vast swath of the rapidly developing research on topics related to perception.  On this score, it delivers in spades.  A primary editorial aim looks to be to bring scientific discoveries to bear upon thinking about perception and related issues.  In that respect, the volume succeeds admirably, containing, for example, a rich selection of references to the scientific literature.  That said, at times, the volume can read more like a scientific or medical text than anything else.  And while the philosophical upshot of many of the mentioned scientific discoveries is not always obvious, readers will be rewarded by having, at their fingertips, a robust collection of scientific deliverances which do bear upon the nature perception.

Given the impossibility of thoroughly reviewing even a handful of the articles which appear in a tome of this length and breadth, and given how tedious a review consisting of single-paragraph summaries of forty-five articles would be, I will organize my review topically according to the seven major divisions the editor has opted for.  My primary purpose here will be to highlight interesting articles and point out interesting lacunas.

For those who want a summary conclusion, this volume definitely deserves space on the shelf of any student who is beginning to undertake a serious study of perception.  Intermediate students will find that the volume serves as a stellar source of references to many of the most important works in the extant literature and also points towards numerous rabbit holes which can, and should, be chased down.  Given the broad scope of the included material, advanced students will be able to treat the volume as a useful reference which covers various portions of the literature they may be less familiar with.

Division I:  Historical Background

This division sets the historical context from which the current burgeoning field of philosophy of mind has sprung.  This first division contains four articles which together trace the development of thought concerning perception from the Early Greeks (Victor Caston, "Perception in Ancient Greek Philosophy") to the Medievals (Dominik Perler, "Perception in Medieval Philosophy") through the Early Moderns (Alison Simmons, "Perception in Early Modern Philosophy") and finally on to the 19th and 20th Century (Gary Hatfield, "Perception in Philosophy and Psychology in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries"). 

These chapters are not fully comprehensive (e.g., notably absent in the discussion of medieval theories of perception is any mention of John Duns Scotus or Henry of Ghent), but nor should they aspire to full comprehensiveness.  They serve their purpose as introductions incredibly well, and though some might maintain that talk of "sensible species" is neither necessary nor helpful in a volume which is designed to serve as an introduction to contemporary research, I would disagree.  The editor deserves praise for including this historical material, and contemporary research on historical figures is, of course, a relevant part of this rapidly developing field.

Finally, the section on historical context is fleshed out with three more chapters concerned with, respectively, sense data (Paul Snowdon, "Sense Data"), skepticism (Baron Reed, "Skepticism and Perception"), and phenomenology (Charles Siewert, "Phenomenological Approaches").  These articles are generally well-informed. It is also noteworthy that Franz Brentano has not been overlooked (by Siewert) in a volume with a significant scientific bent.  And while I generally enjoyed Snowdon's discussion of sense data, which is historically informed, Snowdon's criticisms of sense-datum theorists struck me as falling a bit flat if one has in mind somewhat more contemporary approaches to sense data (on which, e.g., sense data aren't conceived of as possibly bent immaterial entities).  Still, for the purposes of stage-setting, one could hardly ask for a better historical introduction.

Division II: Contemporary Philosophical Approaches

This division appears to be a sort of catch-all category which focuses on presenting fairly abstract (some might say "esoteric") technical philosophical scholarship.  One might wonder, for example, why this division comes before the third ("The Senses") which treats (among other things) of vision, audition, and touch.  After all, it would seem natural, after providing historical context, to kick off a handbook on perception with a discussion of the five primary sensory modalities.  Here I could only speculate as to the editor's decision.  That would be a pointless exercise, and so rather than doing that, I'll try to explain why I'd have made the same choice.

In this division one is introduced to some fundamental philosophical positions concerning issues related to perception all of which are receiving widespread contemporary attention and over which there is still widespread disagreement.  One can think of these fundamental positions as frameworks (a.k.a. "mini-worldviews") the adoption of which can have a significant influence on one's thinking about perception.  Are hallucinatory experiences categorically different in kind from the experiences one has in veridical perception (Heather Logue, "Disjunctivism"), and if so, does this difference have epistemic consequences?   Do experiences, perhaps like pictures, represent something as being the case (Bence Nanay, "Perceptual Representation / Perceptual Content")?  If so, what do they represent as being the case?  And if experiences represent some things as being the case, must one possess concepts in order for them to do so, or is what they represent as being the case independent of the concepts one possesses (Wayne Wright, "Nonconceptual Content")?

The answers one gives to these questions, to which the reader is here introduced, may well shape how one conceives of the relationship between perception and knowledge.  It is, I believe, worthwhile to introduce the reader to these questions and their various possible answers before moving on to a more concrete discussion of the senses and their supposed deliverances.

All that said, I have concerns about how well this section manages to achieve all the goals it should.   One reason for this concern turns on the general problem that there is no generally accepted manner of using terminology.   For example, we are informed (p. 199) that a hallucination of a banana is a "perceptual experience as of a yellow, crescent shaped thing."  This is somewhat odd, and likely to be confusing to the reader, since when one hallucinates a banana, one quite arguably doesn't perceive anything at all (and certainly doesn't, say, perceive a banana, since there is no such banana to be perceived). (The idea that hallucination involves perception of sense-data enjoys very little support even though the it is not entirely uncommon to find philosophers who hold that perception involves sense-data in some way.  Seeing a banana is to perceive a banana, but if such perceiving somehow involves sense-data, one needn't think that a sense-datum, rather than a banana, is perceived.)  I take it that it would be better, here, to speak of a sensory experience as of (or a sensation as of) a banana.  Perhaps some readers will be able to determine that this is what is occurring and that perception is not--or need not be--at issue here, though I have my doubts.  After all, this is the Oxford Handbook of the Philosophy of Perception, and one might well be led to believe that hallucination is a form of perception--a claim that is widely granted to be false by contemporary philosophers who work in this area.

Another potential form of terminological confusion arises within this division's discussion of perceptual content where a form of representationalism is floated.  And while one form of "representationalism" is here taken up, the term "representationalism" is ambiguous in the literature.  In this division, the term is used to pick out theories upon which experiential states somehow represent something or, alternatively, have content.  Another common use of the term, however, picks out a theory (more commonly termed intentionalism in the contemporary literature) according to which the representational content of an experience supervenes upon the phenomenology of the experience.  This form of representationalism receives almost no mention in this volume--though it is marginally broached (pp. 648-651) by Malika Auvray and Ophelia Deroy in "How Do Synaesthetes Experience the World?"  This is a fairly glaring omission.

Furthermore, many will probably find themselves comfortable distinguishing between an experience being a representation and its having representational content.  Perhaps analogously, pictures are representations which do not have representational content?  And there is a distinction between an experience having intentionality (being about something) and the content of that experience.  One could maintain that a perceptual experience of Eiffel Tower is about the Eiffel Tower but nevertheless lacks representational content.  Finally, we can, I presume, distinguish between perceptual content and representational content in various ways. Perhaps the perceptual contents of perceptual experiences are objects and properties while the representational contents of those experiences are propositions? 

These distinctions do not get clearly drawn (though Wayne Wright's "Nonconceptual Content" draws an elegant and entirely appropriate yet far too often overlooked distinction between content nonconceptualism and state nonconceptualism which will help with making them) and they are critically important issues in the debates concerning the content of experiences.  One would expect an article in a handbook of this sort to take some of them up.  But the extent to which they are taken up is not clear--especially so given that the primary article devoted to it (Bence Nanay, "Perceptual Representation / Perceptual Content") concerns "perceptual content" which may or may not be equivalent to "representational content".  And while readers are instructed that perceptual contents may come in many different forms (e.g., it is floated without explanation that perhaps they are "Russellian gappy" or "Fregean gappy"), this will not be of much benefit to what I take to be a significant portion of this handbook's audience, though granted, readers are referred to other literature (which they will need to consult if they hope to make sense of this). 

My point is not that the contributions made in the section "Contemporary Philosophical Approaches" are not valuable.  They are, and immensely so.  For example, Heather Logue's chapter "Disjunctivism" is one of the clearest and most even-handed introductions to the topic I am aware of.  Rather, my sense is that several of these contributions are directed at seriously advanced students.  These contributions are by no means readily accessible to "anyone who has an intellectual interest in issues concerning perception" as the cover jacket claims.  They are, perhaps, more suited for providing advanced graduate students with a rough and general but nevertheless incomplete sense of the topics along with extensive directions for further research (which research will require having institutional access.)  Those who aren't already familiar with extensive swaths of the literature are going to have to work hard to determine what is going on.  Given the foundational nature of the subject matter and the extensive debates surrounding these topics, that is to some extent to be expected, but I would have preferred if this division had leaned further in the direction of somewhat more elementary, stage-setting contributions.

Division III:  The Senses

The third main division, "The Senses," begins with independent articles on the visual, auditory and tactile faculties.  The gustatory and olfactory sense modalities are discussed together in a separate chapter: "The Chemical Senses".  This division is rounded out with two further chapters: "The Bodily Senses" and Jesse J. Prinz's excellent "Unconscious Perception".  Taken together, this division covers all the five standard sensory modalities and more. 

In J. Brendan Richie and Peter Carruthers "The Bodily Senses" we are told (p. 354) that

Interoception is most familiar to philosophers through the conscious bodily sensations it         produces.  Itches, thermal sensations, sensations of orgasm, heart-beat, thirst, indigestion, shortness of breath, and any form of pain, along with aspects of moods, emotions and affect more generally, are all forms of interoceptive experience.

Here, perhaps, we might expect to find our discussion of inner perception (introspection). Is that not also a potentially important source of knowledge about contingent facts?  Yet in this chapter this reader was left somewhat cold.  To be clear, I don't mean to suggest that the authors ought to have taken up a discussion of introspection, but given that this was the only included chapter in which it might be thought to get taken up, it didn't seem to be.  For the most part (with some minor exceptions), this volume focuses primarily upon outer perception broadly construed so as to include perception of one's bodily states.  Nevertheless, this omission is interesting.

A notable aspect of this division is that, when it comes to the better-known or better scientifically investigated outer senses, we get less philosophy and more science.  When it comes to the less well-known or less scientifically investigated outer senses, we get more philosophy and less science.  Thus David Hilbert's chapter "Vision" contains extensive passages such as the following:

The other two cone-types (M-cones and L-cones) have closely spaced peak sensitivities near the middle of the spectrum.  By sampling the retinal image with three        spectrally different photoreceptor types, the visual system acquires information about the spectral power distribution of the light falling on it, and not just its intensity. (p. 261)

What the philosophical upshot of this is supposed to be is unclear, not the least because it's unclear what the "visual system" is or what "information" that system actually acquires.  Here is another example:

From the retina, the main pathway supporting vision proceeds to the primary visual cortex (V1) by way of the dorsal lateral geniculate nucleus of the thalamus (LGN).  (p. 264)

While the science here is interesting, I'm not certain what the philosophical upshot is supposed to be.

What to make of this?  I'm unsure.  There is no question that good philosophical thinking about perception often depends, in large part, upon familiarity with the science which lies behind perception.  In some cases, the science clearly matters when it comes to philosophical theorizing.  In other cases, I am inclined to think that it doesn't matter so much.  So at times, I am led to suspect that philosophically uninteresting science is trotted out at the expense of engaging in serious philosophy.  That said, every chapter within this division provides extensive information which is of incredible scientific or philosophical value to "anybody who has an intellectual interest in issues concerning perception."

Division IV:  What We Perceive

This division is the handbook's largest, though the ten chapters it contains are some of the shortest.  It covers perception of objects (i.e., apparently perceived "middle-sized dry goods"), color, space, time, speech, music, one's own body, pain, and absences.

The relevance of metaphysics to this section is obvious, and metaphysics is a fairly constant (though not ever-present) theme.  After all, if, as according to Peter van Inwagen, there are no middle-sized dry goods, then we (quite plausibly) do not perceive them, for they do not exist to be perceived.  Roberto Casati's chapter "Object Perception" attempts to side-step this metaphysical issue in part by assuming that 'middle-dized dry goods' exist but also, and perhaps more interestingly, by treating object perception as primarily concerning what our perceptual systems 'treat' as (individual) objects, whether or not those objects do in fact exist. Of course, Roy Sorensen's very enjoyable chapter "Perceiving Nothings" might be thought to challenge the notion that one cannot perceive what does not exist, but this is not clear, as absences may in fact exist (and so not be the provocative "nothing" which figures in the chapter's title).  In any case, there is no blindness to the important metaphysical questions, and that is refreshing. 

To point to a few other examples, Robin Le Poidevein's chapter "Perception and Time" provides an interesting (though brief) discussion of presentism and the time-lag problem which leads to a discussion of the respective perceptual merits of the A-theory and the B-theory.  And both Peter Ross (in "Primary and Secondary Qualities") and Kathleen Akins and Martin Hahn (in "Colour Perception") are deeply sensitive to the metaphysical question of what color is.  While these latter articles are to some extent polemical and defend what we might term a kind of optimism  about the ability of scientific progress to divulge the fundamental nature of color, the optimism is clearly fingered in the former article and the phenomenal historical discussion in the latter article completely alleviates any sense of the sort of bias which should not be present in a handbook of this sort.  While science is often at the forefront in this collection, those who are somewhat skeptical of making interesting scientific progress when it comes to questions of consciousness will not feel neglected.

Division V:  Integrating Sensory Information

No single major theme dominates the articles which comprise this section.  Perception, of course, surely often involves the integration of multiple information sources.  Perhaps the most well-known example of such integration is provided by the contribution olfactory sources (through retronasal olfaction) make towards perception of flavor.  One might then wonder whether there is a gustatory sense which is to be distinguished from a distinct olfactory sense.  Following this basic thread, Mohan Matthen (in "The Individuation of the Senses") takes up the question of just how many senses there are and defends a picture on which it is a necessary condition for a source of information to count as a sense faculty that it be a member of a group of information-gathering sources which work, as a system, to modulate "goals, actions, beliefs, and learning" (p. 571).

This strikes me as somewhat odd, for it seems to me that it is at least possible that there be creatures who do not integrate the deliverances of their information-gathering faculties while they nevertheless manage to perceive or sense external reality using various distinct sense faculties.  This suggests that Matthen's focus lies squarely on picking out the sense faculties of certain kinds of beings (of which he probably takes humans to be a type).  While I would have expected a conception of the sense faculties that is modally robust, it looks like we do not get any such thing--a point which might be further reinforced by Matthen's condition (573) that a sense faculty must involve transducers.  While that latter condition does seem plausible if we restrict our focus to human sensory faculties, it does not strike me as metaphysically necessary.(When Matthen tells us what he means by "transducers" he writes (p. 571) that they are "cells that convert incident energy into a neural pulse."  Perhaps he really has in mind a broader conception, however, such as that floated by Victor Caston (p. 45) on which they are somewhat more like things which "preserve certain essential features of the perceptible form in a new medium and in doing so transmit information about the character of the objects acting on our sense."  We might then read Matthen's conception of transducers as a conception of "human transducers.") That said, I expect numerous readers to disagree or else feel that the offering of a restricted account (suited more for ordinary human perception) is appropriate.

John Campbell's "Perceptual Attention" fits into this division by taking up the question of to what extent conscious attention affects perceptual experiences.  This article is notable for being the most detailed discussion (pp. 593-596) of the transparency of experience offered in this volume.  (Unfortunately for the volume as a whole, that discussion runs only four pages in length.  The volume should have included a serious discussion of the so-called transparency of experience even if it was not provided by Campbell.)  As we have already observed, intentionalism receives almost no mention in this volume, and the primary arguments for intentionalism depend upon the so-called transparency of experience.  Yet Campbell's treatment of the transparency of experience is brief and not of much help for connecting transparency up with intentionalism.  He writes:

The philosopher's idea of a hallucination (as opposed to the analysis of e.g. phenomena        relating to schizophrenia or drug use) is the idea of a mental state that is intrinsically just like seeing something, but without the external world being there.  But the implication of transparency is that we do not have the conceptual materials even to formulate the idea of such a state. (p. 595)

I find it hard to countenance the suggestion that appeals to the transparency of experience suggest that we lack the requisite conceptual materials to "formulate the idea" of a mental state which is intrinsically just like seeing something.(One might worry about Campbell's use of the phrase "intrinsically just like seeing something."  Presumably, for a state to be "intrinsically just like seeing something" it would itself have to be (on a fairly standard construal) a seeing-state.  And a hallucination is not plausibly treated as a seeing-state.  One arguably doesn't see what one hallucinates.  By "intrinsically just like" I take Campbell to be expressing the idea that the relevant states are phenomenologically identical—and, as a consequence, phenomenologically indistinguishable.  But perhaps Campbell has something else in mind.) Whether or not experiences are transparent in some or other interesting sense does not obviously bear upon the question of what concepts we can form.

Division VI: Frameworks for Perception

The sixth division is concerned largely with model theory.  It begins with Diana Raffman's "Similarity Spaces" which surveys various attempts to provide geometric models of color and pitch.  Her short concluding remarks which--albeit somewhat divorced from the main article-- challenge the notion that there are no determinate shades of color, are excellent.

Michael Rescorla's "Bayesian Perceptual Psychology" constitutes a defense of using Bayesian frameworks for modeling the unconscious perceptual processes which yield up the phenomenologically given (termed a "percept" in the article.)  Rescorla's article is particularly notable for the Bayesian-based defense of the claim that phenomenal experiences have representational content.  Yet the use of highly technical terminology without sufficient explanation of its meaning may obscure the value of this work.  I suspect that numerous readers will be mislead into thinking that Rescorla is providing an account of how perceptual processes yield up belief rather than the phenomenologically given.

Three further articles: "Signal Detection Theory," "Information Theory," and "The Modularity of Perception" round out this section.  These three articles form a neat bunch, with the first serving as a largely scientific introduction to prospects for separating signals from noise, the second serving as an introduction to Dretske's information-theoretic account of signals, and the third taking up Fodor's hypothesis of the modularity of the mind.  None of these articles are light reading.  The extent to which they will be accessible to the average student is not clear to me, but the authors have made excellent attempts to provide introductions which, if supplemented with significant further study, will be greatly rewarding.  Fortunately, the bibliographies attached to the latter two articles are fully comprehensive.

Division VII:  Broader Philosophical Issues

This division contains five articles, one of which should have been included in the second division of the handbook.  This is Susanna Siegel and Nicholas Silins' "The Epistemology of Perception" which serves as a stellar, beginner-level introduction to the relationship between perceptual experiences and justification/knowledge.  I suspect that the reason for which it appears here, rather than in §2 ("Contemporary Philosophical Approaches") is that the authors are primarily concerned with experiences which may not be perceptual experiences.   Yet if one wants to learn about the epistemology of perception, a topic this handbook is somewhat short on, there is no better resource available in this volume than this article and the list of references cited by this article.  It is a shame that this chapter found its place here.

The final division is rounded out with an assortment of articles.  Despite beginning on a somewhat self-congratulatory tone, Brian Keeley's article "Nonhuman Animal Senses" raises some highly interesting metaphysical questions concerning the individuation and counting of sense modalities and draws attention to the importance of consideration of non-human sensory faculties.  This article is both fascinating and appropriately placed.

Similarly appropriately placed, though much more difficult to follow, is Dominic McIver Lopes "Perception and Art".  For example, I have little idea what is meant by the phrase "a picture is a representation that depicts" (874).  Does this mean that a picture is a representation that represents, and if so, are distinct uses of "represent" in play?  That said, Lopes' articles raises an important point with which I am highly sympathetic, have defended, and which is underrepresented in the literature, namely, that the content of experiences may be significantly more logically complex than is ordinarily conceived.

Finally, we have Imogen Dickie's "Perception and Demonstratives" and Robert L. Goldstein and Lisa A. Byrge's "Perceptual Learning".  The former neatly presents numerous puzzles surrounding the issue of how we can entertain demonstrative thoughts (such as the thought: 'that beer is pale') about external objects. 

Conclusion:

Mohan Matthen has done an incredible job of piecing together and organizing a very healthy collection of top-tier articles, many of which make original contributions and most of which serve as excellent introductions to topics in both the philosophy of perception (and the philosophy of mind, more generally.)  The handbook is very strong on the science and metaphysics of perception though unfortunately too light on the epistemology of perception, which is, despite the handbook's epistemological lacuna, correctly pitched (p. 1, emphasis added) by the editor as the "ultimate source of knowledge of contingent facts."  That said, no volume which aspires to the level of comprehensiveness this volume achieves to can manage to be fully comprehensive.  If books such as this become any larger, nobody will print them.  Buy this book.  It earns its keep and deserves (lots of) space on your shelf.

 

© 2016 Scott Hagaman

 

Scott Hagaman has a PhD from Notre Dame University


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