Cognition and Perception: How Do Psychology and Neural Science Inform Philosophy? (MIT Press)

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In Cognition and Perception, Athanassios Raftopoulos discusses the cognitive penetrability of perception and claims that there is a part of visual processes (which he calls "perception") that results in representational states with nonconceptual content; that is, a part that retrieves information from visual scenes in conceptually unmediated, "bottom-up," theory-neutral ways. Raftopoulos applies this insight to problems in philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, and epistemology, and examines how we access the external world through our perception as well as what we can know of that world. To show that there is a theory-neutral part of existence, Raftopoulos turns to cognitive science and argues that there is substantial scientific evidence. He then claims that perception induces representational states with nonconceptual content and examines the nature of the nonconceptual content. The nonconceptual information retrieved, he argues, does not allow the identification or recognition of an object but only its individuation as a discrete persistent object with certain spatiotemporal properties and other features. Object individuation, however, suffices to determine the referents of perceptual demonstratives. Raftopoulos defends his account in the context of current discussions on the issue of the theory-ladenness of perception (namely the Fodor-Churchland debate), and then discusses the repercussions of his thesis for problems in the philosophy of science. Finally, Raftopoulos claims that there is a minimal form of realism that is defensible. This minimal realism holds that objects, their spatiotemporal properties, and such features as shape, orientation, and motion are real, mind-independent properties in the world.

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Athanassios Raftopoulos is Professor of Epistemology and Cognitive Science in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cyprus.

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Raftopoulos offers a comprehensive and penetrating examination of early vision and its consequences for (other) philosophical issues. This work should set the standard for future treatments. My emphasis here on late vision is not intended to detract in any way from what I think is a true achievement-Philosophical Review, University of Notre Dame

Raftopoulos masterfully weaves recent work in perceptual neuroscience into a host of difficult disputes in the philosophy of perception. What is perhaps most impressive about the work is Raftopoulos's skill at teasing out the subtleties and philosophical interest of a detailed and plausible intermediate stage of vision-Derek Brown,Metascience

Raftopoulos uses his deep and extensive knowledge of neuroscience to shed light on a number of traditional philosophical questions. His attack on the theory-ladenness of sensation is definitive, and his broadly ecological view of perception is an important contribution.-Mohan Matthen, University of Toronto

Cognition and Perception is an impressive and ambitious project, both for the width of its scope and the depth and variety of its goals. . . the book is a criticism of constructivist anti-realism in philosophy of science . . . and a defense of realism-Simone Marini, Metapsychology

This is a most carefully written book. Raftopoulos makes excellent use of the science in his disposal. It is certain that future accounts of perception will have to deal with the positions defended herein. What more could one ask from a book-Peter Machamer, Pittsburgh University, from the preface in the book.

A lively discussion of perceptual realism. Raftopoulos assembles best bets from current neuroscientific work to rebut the views of 'New Look' psychology and its philosophical counterparts.

(Gerald Vision, Department of Philosophy, Temple University)

Cognition and Perception is a must read for both cognitive scientists and philosophers. The scientific part is thorough, accurate, and up-to-date; the philosophical one is rich in arguments, interesting, and not afraid to challenge mainstream philosophical ideas about consciousness, awareness, introspection, conceptual and non-conceptual content.

(Balkan Journal of Philosophy)

A worthy and largely successful enterprise....by the end of the book I was convinced that philosophers could learn an awful lot from psychologists.

(Perception)

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