Consciousness and Perceptual Experience: An Ecological and Phenomenological Approach

2014.07.28 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Thomas Natsoulas, Consciousness and Perceptual Experience: An Ecological and Phenomenological Approach, Cambridge University
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2014.07.28 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Thomas Natsoulas, Consciousness and Perceptual Experience: An Ecological and Phenomenological Approach, Cambridge University Press, 2013, 463pp. $110.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781107004511. Reviewed by Mohan Matthen, University of Toronto This book is an extended consolidation of themes that Thomas Natsoulas has explored during his distinguished career as a theoretical psychologist. Taking a broadly Gibsonian perspective, informed and deepened by a critical take on Husserl, Natsoulas treats of perceptual consciousness as a presentation of the environment. His point of view is well summarized by this statement: "all intentional objects of all one's actual perceptual awarenesses are parts, occurrences, or features belonging to the environment -- which includes oneself as well" (276). As is evident from this snippet, the book is an extended defence of "direct realism." Perceptual consciousness never lacks environmental. . .

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