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Perception: A Very Short Introduction

Perception: A Very Short Introduction  

Brian Rogers

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Oct 2017
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Oct 2017
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9780191833410
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10.1093/actrade/9780198791003.001.0001
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9780198791003
Perception is concerned with how we use the information reaching our senses to guide and control our behaviour and create our particular, subjective experiences of the world. Perception: A ... More
14. Ideas

14. Ideas  

Tom Sorell

in Descartes: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776632
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854094.003.0014
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9780192854094
In stating that the imagination cannot help us to picture God, but that we can form a conception of our Maker by other means, Descartes was articulating his theory of ideas. ‘Ideas’ shows ... More
8. Primitivism: is causation the most basic thing?

8. Primitivism: is causation the most basic thing?  

Stephen Mumford and Rani Lill Anjum

in Causation: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2013
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Nov 2013
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9780191779909
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10.1093/actrade/9780199684434.003.0009
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9780199684434
What if causation cannot be defined? Is it not one of the most basic and fundamental things? In that case, perhaps other notions are defined in terms of it: causation itself might be ... More
5. Perception of a 3-D world

5. Perception of a 3-D world  

Brian Rogers

in Perception: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2017
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9780191833410
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10.1093/actrade/9780198791003.003.0005
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9780198791003
The ability to perceive the 3-D world has often been regarded as a task that poses particular problems for the visual system. However, ‘Perception of a 3-D world’ argues that we are ... More
6. Logic

6. Logic  

Brad Inwood

in Stoicism: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2018
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Jul 2018
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9780191828973
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10.1093/actrade/9780198786665.003.0006
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9780198786665
‘Logic’ explains that logic has a broad and a narrow sense in Stoic theory and deals with a subset of sayables and meanings. Their logic is close to what we would call propositional logic. ... More
15. Psychology

15. Psychology  

Jonathan Barnes

in Aristotle: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2000
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Nov 2015
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9780191822322
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854087.003.0015
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9780192854087
One important distinction within the natural world is that some natural substances are alive and others inanimate. The former are distinguished from the latter by their possession of a soul ... More
6. Art and ideas

6. Art and ideas  

Christopher Janaway

in Schopenhauer: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2002
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Sep 2013
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9780191775666
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10.1093/actrade/9780192802590.003.0006
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9780192802590
‘Art and ideas’ examines Schopenhauer's treatment of aesthetic experience. Schopenhauer belongs to a tradition which equates aesthetic experience with a ‘disinterested’ attitude towards its ... More
2. Logic and philosophy

2. Logic and philosophy  

A. C. Grayling

in Russell: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2002
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Sep 2013
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9780191775659
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10.1093/actrade/9780192802583.003.0002
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9780192802583
‘Logic and philosophy’ shows that Russell's first truly original philosophical endeavour was to show that mathematics rests on logic. The project failed, but a number of important ... More
4. Isn’t all perception and understanding relative?

4. Isn’t all perception and understanding relative?  

Stephen Gaukroger

in Objectivity: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191778216
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10.1093/actrade/9780199606696.003.0004
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9780199606696
‘Isn't all perception and understanding relative?’ explores the connections between observation and perception. The philosopher Aenesidemus thought perception was always relative to the ... More
6. Human musicality

6. Human musicality  

Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis

in The Psychology of Music: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2018
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Nov 2018
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9780190640163
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10.1093/actrade/9780190640156.003.0006
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9780190640156
What does it mean to be musical? What kind of musicality are people born with, and how does it develop in such diverse ways? The fact that the ability to perform and appreciate music varies ... More
3. The psychology of ageing

3. The psychology of ageing  

Nancy A. Pachana

in Ageing: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2016
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Nov 2016
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9780191792670
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10.1093/actrade/9780198725329.003.0003
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9780198725329
Psychological theories of ageing encompass mental health and emotional well-being as well as changes in these states, at individual as well as interpersonal levels, associated with ... More
3. Bodies and Selves

3. Bodies and Selves  

A. J. Ayer

in Hume: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776601
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854063.003.0003
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9780192854063
Do bodies and selves exist separate from our perceptions? ‘Bodies and Selves’ explores Hume's belief that perceptions are connected to external objects and that denying this is ... More
1. What is thought?

1. What is thought?  

Tim Bayne

in Thought: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2013
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Sep 2013
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9780191778148
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10.1093/actrade/9780199601721.003.0001
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9780199601721
We think all the time. A life devoid of thought would not be recognizably human. It is one thing to think and another to understand thinking. ‘What is thought?’ considers this question by ... More
7. The ethics of thought

7. The ethics of thought  

Tim Bayne

in Thought: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2013
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Sep 2013
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9780191778148
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10.1093/actrade/9780199601721.003.0007
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9780199601721
Under what circumstances are we responsible for our thoughts? How can that responsibility be exercised? ‘The ethics of thought’ examines what lies at the heart of the nature of thought and ... More
5. Material minds

5. Material minds  

Catherine Wilson

in Epicureanism: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2015
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Dec 2015
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9780191808951
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10.1093/actrade/9780199688326.003.0005
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9780199688326
‘Material minds’ considers Epicurus’ theory of perception and his views on knowledge and truth. The Epicureans maintained that the soul, like everything else, was material, composed of very ... More
3. Philosophical hermeneutics

3. Philosophical hermeneutics  

Jens Zimmermann

in Hermeneutics: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2015
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Oct 2015
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9780191781582
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10.1093/actrade/9780199685356.003.0003
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9780199685356
Philosophical hermeneutics refers to the detailed examination of human understanding that began with the German philosopher Hans-Georg Gadamer (1900–2002). In his book, Truth and Method, ... More
Introduction

Introduction  

Jan Westerhoff

in Reality: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191778063
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10.1093/actrade/9780199594412.003.0001
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9780199594412
Most people take for granted that the life they are living is real. However, never to have at least suspected that things might not be exactly as they seem lacks philosophical imagination. ... More
4. Physics

4. Physics  

Brad Inwood

in Stoicism: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2018
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Jul 2018
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9780191828973
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10.1093/actrade/9780198786665.003.0004
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chapter
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9780198786665
One of the main dividing lines in Greek physical theory was the question of the nature of matter. ‘Physics’ explains that the Stoics fit squarely into the non-atomistic tradition, being ... More
1. Lost in the museum

1. Lost in the museum  

Bence Nanay

in Aesthetics: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2019
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Oct 2019
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9780191865633
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10.1093/actrade/9780198826613.003.0001
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9780198826613
The Greek word aesthesis means ‘perception’ and when the German philosopher Alexander Baumgarten (1714–62) introduced the concept of ‘aesthetics’ in 1750, what he meant by it was precisely ... More
1. What is perception?

1. What is perception?  

Brian Rogers

in Perception: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2017
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Oct 2017
eISBN: 
9780191833410
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198791003.003.0001
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chapter
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9780198791003
The word ‘perception’ can be used in two different ways. It can refer to our experience of seeing, hearing, touching, tasting, and smelling objects and individuals around us. It can also ... More

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