Review of Perception, by Robinson, H [Book Review]
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Howard Robinson's Perception is now rightly regarded as essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the sense-datum theory of perception and its motivations. It should also be regarded as essential reading for those with a more general philosophical interest in perception and sensory consciousness. As well as discussing the history of the sense-datum theory, and the nature of sense-data and their relation to the physical world, Robinson offers critiques of physicalist theories of perception, intentional/representational theories, adverbial theories, and naive realist/disjunctivist theories. Along the way he also discusses Wittgenstein's private language argument and the nature of secondary qualities. Over the course of the book we are presented with a sustained, and forthright, defence of a sense-datum theory in its traditional form. The arguments are clear, briskly delivered, and challenging. Here I highlight two key elements in Robinson's case for a sense-datum theory, which I think pose an especially serious challenge for his opponents. These are his articulation and defence of the ‘phenomenal principle’ and his ‘revised’ causal argument for sense-data
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Through your library||Only published papers are available at libraries|
Similar books and articles
Howard M. Robinson (1994). Perception. New York: Routledge.
David Davies (2011). Assessing Robinson's “Revised Causal Argument” for Sense-Data. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 11 (2):209-224.
N. M. L. Nathan (2005). Direct Realism: Proximate Causation and the Missing Object. [REVIEW] Acta Analytica 20 (36):3-6.
Berit Brogaard (forthcoming). The Phenomenal Use of 'Look'. Philosophy Compass.
Michael G. F. Martin (2002). The Transparency of Experience. Mind and Language 4 (4):376-425.
Peter T. Cash (1979). The Argument From the Hand. Philosophical Investigations 2 (4):47-70.
Alan Weir (2004). An Ultra-Realist Theory of Perception. International Journal of Philosophical Studies 12 (2):105-128.
José Luis Bermúdez (2000). Naturalized Sense Data. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 61 (2):353 - 374.
Manuel Garcia-Carpintero (2001). Sense Data: The Sensible Approach. Grazer Philosophische Studien 62 (1):17-63.
William Cooney (1985). Some Comments on the Sense-Datum Theory and the Argument From Illusion. Dialogue 28 (October):8-15.
Uriah Kriegel (2011). The Veil of Abstracta. Philosophical Issues 21 (1):245-267.
David H. Sanford (1976). The Primary Objects of Perception. Mind 85 (April):189-208.
Michael Huemer, Sense-Data. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Added to index2012-02-23
Total downloads9 ( #126,509 of 1,004,644 )
Recent downloads (6 months)2 ( #39,123 of 1,004,644 )
How can I increase my downloads?