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- DescriptionThese essays by Robert Schwartz on topics in the theory of vision are written from a pragmatic perspective. The issues and arguments will interest both philosophers and psychologists, covering new ground and bridging gaps between these disciplines. Schwartz begins historically, with discussions of problems raised and solutions offered in Bishop Berkeley's writings on vision, presenting Berkeley's views on spatial perception and the qualitative aspects of sensory experience in the context of recent theoretical and empirical work in vision theory. Schwartz then turns to debates in both the philosophical and psychological literature over the view that perception is inferential and thus indirect. Critically surveying competing characterizations of the idea of inferential processes he argues the need either to reframe radically the question or drop the issue. Next, Schwartz discusses pictorial representation and research on picture perception. Drawing on the work of Nelson Goodman, Schwartz explains and defends the advantages of a symbolic approach to both topics. Finally, he examines the quagmires that often develop when metaphysical concerns about the real and our ability to perceive it infect discussions and claims in the theory of vision. After analyzing issues arising in current psychological research on object perception, Schwartz turns to debates over the supposed essential nature of colors. An appreciation of the empirical and theoretical work on color perception suggests that there is single or privileged analysis of the tion of real colors. Schwartz circles back in the end to what he calls that old chestnut of the philosophy of perception -- controversies over the objects of perception -- and takes an Austinian look at the topic.
- Author BiographyRobert Schwartz is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is the author of Vision: Variations on Some Berkeleian Themes and other books. He is a coeditor of Looking into Pictures: Reconceiving Pictorial Space (MIT Press, 2003).
- Author(s)Robert Schwartz
- PublisherMIT Press Ltd
- Date of Publication04/08/2006
- Place of PublicationMassachusetts
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintBradford Books
- Content Note10 illus.
- Weight522 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine12 mm
- Interest AgeFrom 18
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