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This volume offers two arguments against direct realism - one concerning illusion, and one concerning hallucination - that no modern theory of perception can adequately rebut. Smith then develops a theory of perception that does succeed in answering these arguments; and because these arguments are the only two that present direct realism with serious problems arising from the nature of perception, direct realism emerges here for the first time as an ultimately tenable position within the philosophy of perception. At the heart of Smith's theory is a new way of drawing the distinction between perception and sensation, along with an unusual treatment of the nature of objects of hallucination. With in-depth reference to both the analytical and the phenomenological literature on perception, and with telling criticism of alternative views, Smith's groundbreaking work will be of value to philosophers of perception in both the analytical and the phenomenological tradition, as well as to psychologists of perception.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674008410
ISBN-10: 0674008413
Format: Hardback
(235mm x 155mm x 28mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - A.D. Smith

A. D. Smith is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sussex.