Action in Perception

Description

"Perception is not something that happens to us, or in us," writes Alva Noe. "It is something we do." In Action in Perception, Noe argues that perception and perceptual consciousness depend on capacities for action and thought-that perception is a kind of thoughtful activity. Touch, not vision, should be our model for perception. Perception is not a process in the brain, but a kind of skillful activity of the body as a whole. We enact our perceptual experience. To perceive, according to this enactive approach to perception, is not merely to have sensations; it is to have sensations that we understand. In Action in Perception, Noe investigates the forms this understanding can take. He begins by arguing, on both phenomenological and empirical grounds, that the content of perception is not like the content of a picture; the world is not given to consciousness all at once but is gained gradually by active inquiry and exploration. Noe then argues that perceptual experience acquires content thanks to our possession and exercise of practical bodily knowledge, and examines, among other topics, the problems posed by spatial content and the experience of color. He considers the perspectival aspect of the representational content of experience and assesses the place of thought and understanding in experience. Finally, he explores the implications of the enactive approach for our understanding of the neuroscience of perception.

Details

Author(s)
Alva Noe, Ned Block, Hilary Putnam
Format
Paperback | 296 pages
Dimensions
152 x 229 x 13mm | 408g
Publication date
01 Mar 2006
Publisher
MIT Press Ltd
Imprint
Bradford Books
Publication City/Country
Massachusetts, United States
Language
English
Illustrations note
10 illus.; 10 Illustrations, unspecified
ISBN10
0262640635
ISBN13
9780262640633
Bestsellers rank
130,766

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