The content of perception: Athanassios Raftopoulos: Cognition and perception: How do psychology and neuroscience inform philosophy? London: MIT Press, 2009, 448 pp, $45.00 HB

Metascience 20 (1):165-168 (2011)
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This is a review of Athanassios Raftopoulos "Cognition and perception: How do psychology and neuroscience inform philosophy?" (MIT Press, 2009). Raftopoulos defends the modularity of vision, i.e. early vision not penetrable by other processes. He maintains that early vision forms and outputs a kind of nonconceptual content to subsequent stages of vision and cognition. The work is heavily informed by visual neuroscience and embedded in familiar debates about scientific realism. It is also an important contribution to the now-popular debates about the cognitive penetration of perception.

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