David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Human Studies 20 (2):221-242 (1997)
Perhaps the greatest challenge to an existential phenomenological account of perception is that posed by the argument from illusions. Recent developments in research on the behaviour of subjects suffering from illusions together with some seminal ideas found in Merleau-Ponty''s writings enable us to develop and corroborate an account of the phenomenon of illusions, one, which unlike the empiricist account, does not undermine our conviction that in perception we reach the things themselves. The traditional argument from illusions derives its force from an uncritical assumption that the process of experience takes place in time conceived as an infinite series of distinct moments. Once this assumption has been bracketed we are able to recognise the paradoxical truth that in the disillusion something can become that which it has always been and can cease to be that which it has never been. Furthermore, through a reflection on our experience of others overcoming their illusions, and on psychological evidence, we are able to show that there is nothing to suggest that this description of the disillusion is a description of a private or subjective event
|Keywords||Experience Illusion Metaphysics Phenomenology Reality|
|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
Edmund Husserl (1970). The Crisis of European Sciences and Transcendental Phenomenology. Evanston,Northwestern University Press.
Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1968). The Visible and the Invisible. Northwestern University Press.
Paul Ricoeur, David Carr, Edward G. Ballard & Lester E. Embree (2007). Husserl: An Analysis of His Phenomenology. Northwestern University Press.
M. C. Dillon (1997). Merleau-Ponty's Ontology. Northwestern University Press.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Sebastian Watzl (2013). Silencing the Experience of Change. Philosophical Studies 165 (3):1009-1032.
Jacques Ninio & Franklin Philip (2001). The Science of Illusions. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
Thomas Nadelhoffer & Tatyana Matveeva (2009). Positive Illusions, Perceived Control and the Free Will Debate. Mind and Language 24 (5):495-522.
J. J. C. Smart (2006). Metaphysical Illusions. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 84 (2):167 – 175.
Frédérique Robin (2010). Imagery and Memory Illusions. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 9 (2):253-262.
Louise Antony (2011). The Openness of Illusions. Philosophical Issues 21 (1):25-44.
Casey O'Callaghan (2008). Seeing What You Hear: Cross-Modal Illusions and Perception. Philosophical Issues 18 (1):316-338.
Terence Rajivan Edward (2011). Theory-Laden Experience and Illusions. Ethos: Felsefe ve Toplumsal Bilimlerde Diyaloglar 4 (2):58-67.
Eldon C. Wait (1995). A Phenomenological Rejection of the Empiricist Argument From Illusions. South African Journal of Philosophy 14 (3):83-89.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads36 ( #91,119 of 1,726,249 )
Recent downloads (6 months)3 ( #231,316 of 1,726,249 )
How can I increase my downloads?