Phenomenal Presence

ISBN : 9780199666416

Fabian Dorsch; Fiona Macpherson
304 Pages
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
Jun 2018
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Many different features of the world figure consciously, that is phenomenally, in our perceptual experience. Some do so uncontroversially, such as colours and shapes. But the complete list of features is controversial. This book divides into four parts, each dealing with a different potential kind of phenomenal presence. The first addresses the nature of the presence of perceptual constancies and variations, while the second investigates the determinacy and ubiquity of the presence of spatial properties in perception. The third part deals with the presence of hidden or occluded aspects of objects, while the last part of the volume discusses the presence of categorical aspects of perceptual experience.


1 Fabian Dorsch: Phenomenal Presence: An Introduction to the Debate(s)
Part I - Perceptual Constancy and Variation
2 Keith Allen: Perceptual Constancy and Apparent Properties
3 John O'Dea: Art and Ambiguity: A Gestalt-Shift Approach to Elusive Appearances
4 Martine Nida-Rumelin: Colors and Shapes
Part II - The Determinacy and Ubiquity of Spatial Awareness
5 James Stazicker: The Visual Presence of Determinable Properties
6 Craig French: Object Seeing and Spatial Perception
Part III - Hidden and Occluded Things
7 Amy Kind: Imaginative Presence
8 Jerome Dokic: Visual Awareness and Visual Appearances: A Dual View
Part IV - Categorical Aspects of Perceptual Experience
9 Fabian Dorsch: The Phenomenal Presence of Perceptual Reasons
10 Derek Brown: Projectivism and Phenomenal Presence
11 Thomas Crowther: Experience, Dreaming and the Phenomenology of Wakeful Consciousness

About the author: 

Fabian Dorsch was Research Professor in Philosophy at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, and the Director of the EXRE Centre of Research for Mind and Normativity, where he ran two research projects: The Normative Mind and The Aesthetic Mind. The main foci of his research were interrelated issues in aesthetics, the philosophy of mind, epistemology, and the philosophy of normativity, notably meta-ethics. He published a monograph on The Unity of Imagining in 2012 (De Gruyter). He was an associate editor of the journal Dialectica and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Estetika: the Central European Journal of Aesthetics.; Fiona Macpherson is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Glasgow, where she is also director of the Centre for the Study of Perceptual Experience. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Her work concerns the nature of consciousness, perception and perceptual experience, introspection, imagination and the metaphysics of mind. She has written on the nature of the senses, on cognitive penetration, and illusion and hallucination. She has published previous edited collections: Hallucination (MIT Press 2013, with Dimitris Platchais), The Senses (OUP 2011), The Admissible Contents of Experience (Wiley-Blackwell 2011, with Katherine Hawley), and Disjunctivism (OUP 2008, with Adrian Haddock).

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