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Vision and Mind: Selected Readings in the Philosophy of Perception Hardcover – September 30, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0262140782 ISBN-10: 0262140780

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Product Details

  • Series: Bradford Books
  • Hardcover: 605 pages
  • Publisher: A Bradford Book (September 30, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262140780
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262140782
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,721,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Vision and Mind presents a case-study in constructive, empirically informed philosophical debate. This volume collects 23 major contributions covering a wide spectrum of approaches, from orthodox constructivism to ecological psychology, enactionism and beyond. It's essential reading for anyone interested in the nature of perception, the function of vision and the way the human mind makes contact with the world.

(Andy Clark, Department of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh)

This is a wonderfully interdisciplinary volume that addresses deep theoretical and philosophical questions about the nature of vision and visual experience. The diverse papers raise core issues not only about visual perception but as well about the nature of cognition and mind. Concerns about the objects, content, and ontology of vision and visual experience provide a lens for viewing those concerns about the mind in general. This volume will provide a valuable resource for researchers or students wishing to explore the nature of mind through the vehicle of visual perception

(Robert van Gulick, Professor of Philosophy and Director, Cognitive Science Program, Syracuse University)

Timely, well-balanced between history and contemporary philosophical work, and with a good dose of relevant science, this anthology shows how philosophical and scientific thinking can -- and indeed must -- be intermixed for a fuller understanding of the nature of visual perception. A superb collection.

(Guven Guzeldere, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Psychological & Brain Sciences, Duke University)

About the Author

Alva Noë is Associate Professor of Philosophy at University of California, Berkeley. He is the editor of Vision and Mind (MIT Press, 2002).

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0 of 13 people found the following review helpful By energizerbunny on October 9, 2012
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I'm afraid I lack appreciation for this product (whether it truly deserves it or not). I fear I would thus be biased in rating it anything under 3 stars. However... it truly is a boring and not very enriching read. I had to purchase it for a class and have certainly had to force myself to read through a number of the selections already. Furthermore, [and I'm sure some philosophers would disagree with me here, but as for me...] The topic matter and arguments both lack real, practical applications and use (unnecessarily so) overly-technical terms and such, all of which make reading this incredibly tiresome and difficult.
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