David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Philosophical Psychology 22 (1):77 – 81 (2009)
In this article I assess some results that purport to show the existence of a type of 'topological perception', i.e., perceptually based classification of topological features. Striking findings about perception in insects appear to imply that (1) configural, global properties can be considered as primitive perceptual features, and (2) topological features in particular are interesting as they are amenable to formal treatment. I discuss four interrelated questions that bear on any interpretation of findings about the perception of topological properties: what exactly are topological properties, what makes them global , in what sense the quoted findings makes them primitive, and what are the hopes of a formal theory of perception based upon them. I suggest that mathematical topology is not the correct model for cognition topological properties, hence that some other formalism ought to be used—a form of “internalized topology.” However, once the principles of this type of topology are spelled out, they may not be as globalistic as one may have expected.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
J. Pomerantz (2003). Wholes, Holes, and Basic Features in Vision. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 7 (11):471-473.
Citations of this work BETA
Luigi Burigana & Francesco Martino (2012). On the Meaning of Statements in Psychophysics Characterizing Conditional Indeterminacy of Percepts. Philosophical Psychology 26 (2):234 - 262.
Similar books and articles
Thomas Mormann (1997). Topological Aspects of Combinatorial Possibility. Logic and Logical Philosophy 5:75 - 92.
Yoshihiro Maruyama (2010). Fuzzy Topology and Łukasiewicz Logics From the Viewpoint of Duality Theory. Studia Logica 94 (2):245 - 269.
Giovanni Boniolo & Silvio Valentini (2008). Vagueness, Kant and Topology: A Study of Formal Epistemology. Journal of Philosophical Logic 37 (2):141 - 168.
S. Salbany & Todor Todorov (2000). Nonstandard Analysis in Topology: Nonstandard and Standard Compactifications. Journal of Symbolic Logic 65 (4):1836-1840.
Steve Awodey & Kohei Kishida, Topology and Modality: The Topological Interpretation of First-Order Modal Logic.
Michael J. White (1988). On Continuity: Aristotle Versus Topology? History and Philosophy of Logic 9 (1):1-12.
Jörg Flum & Juan Carlos Martinez (1988). On Topological Spaces Equivalent to Ordinals. Journal of Symbolic Logic 53 (3):785-795.
Achille Varzi (2000). Topological Essentialism. Philosophical Studies 100 (3):217 - 236.
Added to index2009-03-08
Total downloads48 ( #33,456 of 1,099,048 )
Recent downloads (6 months)2 ( #175,277 of 1,099,048 )
How can I increase my downloads?