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The Admissible Contents of Experience 1st Edition

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Which objects and properties are represented in perceptual experience? Although perceptual experiences frequently give rise to beliefs, the content of these beliefs do not always simply reflect the contents of the experiences on which they are based. Instead, they often rest on background knowledge and beliefs, as well as experience. This raises the question of how are we able to determine what the admissible contents of experience are, whether they include singular or existential contents, and whether they include contents pertaining to causation or natural kinds.

The papers in this collection address these issues, together with questions concerning the nature of perceptual content. They deal with the central issues of whether perceptual content is similar to the content of the propositional attitudes; whether all states with content fall neatly into the categories of either belief or experience. The book also focuses on whether there exists a continuum from states that are more like perceptual experiences to states that are more like belief, and, indeed, ultimately whether we should consider perceptual experiences to have content at all.

This ground-breaking volume is published in association with the journal Philosophical Quarterly.

About the Author

Katherine Hawley is Professor of Philosophy at the University of St Andrews and Editorial Chair of the Philosophical Quarterly.  She has published articles in metaphysics, epistemology and philosophy of science, and is the author of How Things Persist (2001).

Fiona Macpherson is Senior Lecturer and Director of the Centre for the Study of Perceptual Experience, University of Glasgow. She has recently also been a Research Fellow at the Centre for Consciousness, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University. She has published articles in philosophy of mind, psychology and perception and is a co-editor (with Adrian Haddock) of Disjunctivism: Perception, Action, Knowledge (2008).

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