The First Sense: A Philosophical Study of Human Touch

2014.07.23 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Matthew Fulkerson, The First Sense: A Philosophical Study of Human Touch, MIT Press, 2014, 219pp. $30.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2014.07.23 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Matthew Fulkerson, The First Sense: A Philosophical Study of Human Touch, MIT Press, 2014, 219pp. $30.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780262019965. Reviewed by John Schwenkler, Florida State University This is a really interesting book that should help to overcome the relative neglect of touch as a subject in philosophical work on perception and sensory consciousness. There are many reasons for this neglect, but a main one is that -- as far as I can tell, anyway -- tactual awareness is very often dim and recessive, especially in comparison with sensory consciousness in more vivid, dominant modalities like sight and hearing. Moreover, as Matthew Fulkerson emphasizes in his opening chapter, our intuitive conception of touch comprises a lot of sensory elements that differ so much from one another that it can be hard to make out the relations among them, or to determine whether they form any truly unitary mode of perception.. . .

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