The Problem of Perception

[Revised entry by Tim Crane and Craig French on November 10, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Sense-perception has long been a preoccupation of philosophers. One pervasive and traditional
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[Revised entry by Tim Crane and Craig French on November 10, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Sense-perception has long been a preoccupation of philosophers. One pervasive and traditional problem, sometimes called "the Problem of Perception", is created by the phenomena of perceptual illusion and hallucination: if these kinds of error are possible, how can perception be what we ordinarily understand it to be, an openness to and awareness of the world? The present entry is about how these possibilities of error challenge the intelligibility of the phenomenon of perception, and how the major theories of experience in the last century are best understood as responses to this challenge....

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