Perceptual Knowledge : An Analytical and Historical Study

This book grew out of the lectures that I prepared for my students in epis­ temology at SUNY College at Brockport beginning in 1974. The conception of the problem of perception and the interpretation of the sense-datum theory and its supporting arguments that are developed in Chapters One through Fo...

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Main Author: Dicker, Georges
Corporate Author: SpringerLink (Online service)
Format: eBook
Published: Dordrecht Springer Netherlands 1980, 1980
Edition:1st ed. 1980
Series:Philosophical Studies Series
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Collection: Springer Book Archives -2004 - Collection details see MPG.ReNa
Table of Contents:
  • One: A Philosophical Problem Concerning Perception and Knowledge
  • 1. Why Perception Does not Amount to Knowledge
  • 2. Does Perception Under Normal Conditions of Observation Amount to Knowledge?
  • 3. The Requirement that the Conditions be Known to be Normal
  • 4. An Attempt to Avoid the Regress: The Sense-Datum Theory
  • Two: The Argument from Perceptual Relativity
  • 1. Exposition of the Argument
  • 2. Evaluation of the Argument
  • Three: The Argument from Causation
  • 1. Some Ineffective Versions of the Argument
  • 2. An Epistemological Version of the Argument
  • 3. Psychological and Epistemic Immediacy: A Crucial Distinction
  • Four: The Argument from Hallucination
  • 1. Analysis of the Argument from Hallucination
  • 2. A Reformulation of the Argument
  • Five: The Causal Theory of Perception
  • 1. General Formulation of the Causal Theory
  • 2. The Analytic Thesis
  • 3. Does the Causal Theory Imply that Physical Objects are Unperceivable?
  • 4. The Justification Thesis (I)
  • 5. The Justification Thesis (II)
  • Six: Phenomenalism
  • 1. Ontological Phenomenalism: Its Advantages
  • 2. Ontological Phenomenalism: Its Paradoxes
  • 3. The Linguistic Version of the Sense-Datum Theory and Analytical Phenomenalism
  • Seven: Phenomenalism and the Causal Theory of Perception: A Combined Theory
  • 1. Preliminary Considerations in Favor of a Combined Theory
  • 2. The Adverbial Theory of Appearing
  • 3. A Combined Theory
  • 4. Epistemological Phenomenalism and ‘Critical Cognitivism’
  • 5. Epistemological Phenomenalism (I): The Entailment of Appear-Statements by Thing-Statements
  • 6. Epistemological Phenomenalism (II): The Entailment of Thing-Statements by Appear-Statements
  • Index of Names
  • Index of Subjects