Alien Experience

ISBN : 9780190845629

Maura Tumulty
304 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Feb 2020
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If I were a better human being, that person's voice wouldn't sound so shrill to me. Many of us may have had such thoughts. They give voice to the worrying intuition that if we were less affected by sexism and racism, or better at keeping our tempers, our fellow humans would look and sound differently to us. In Alien Experience, Maura Tumulty argues that we should take this sense of unease seriously.
It is as philosophically significant as our unease over desires or fears that we disown. Making sense of this unease requires us to re-think the relation between experiences and standing commitments; to re-consider what we mean by self-control; and to attend to empirical questions about perception, attention, and tacit cognition.

In taking up these issues, Alien Experience illuminates and questions a significant assumption that underlies debates in the philosophy of mind, moral psychology, and ethics: While we may be answerable (morally, ethically, legally) for our attitudes and emotions, we are not answerable in any interesting way for our perceptions and sensations. Tumulty argues that this assumption leads to a flattened view of the ways experiences are related to agency. Recognizing that we can be alienated from our experiences helps us appreciate distinctive opportunities for self-improvement.




Chapter 1: Alien Experience

Section 1: Agency in attitudes-and experience?

Section 2: A sketch of alienated experience

Section 3: How could such endorsement or rejection be significant?

Section 4: Ways an agent can reject an experience

Section 5: Consequences and concerns

Chapter 2: Self-Control

Section 1: Judgment sensitivity

Section 2: Managerial self-control

Section 3: Distinctively first-personal managerial self-control

Section 4: Imagination and instrumental reasons

Section 5: Alienable experiences

Section 6: Will-power and obsession

Chapter 3: The Forensic Approach to Experience

Section 1: Alienation and false belief

Section 2: The forensic approach to experience

Section 3: A bit more about cognitive penetration

Section 4: What if the IAT research program is built on sand?

Section 5: Are we presupposing an ideal experience?

Chapter 4: Paths to Alienation

Section 1: Food, fit, fallacy

Section 2: Experiencing buildings

Section 3: Traces of atrocity

Section 4: Responding to troubling invitations

Chapter 5: Consequences for Philosophy of Perception

Section 1: Naive realism

Section 2: Hallucination and illusion

Section 3: Denying high-level properties

Section 4: The need for representation

Section 5: Wishful seeing $ https://global.oup.com/academic/product/9780190845629 $ HPK



About the author: 

Maura Tumulty is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Colgate University. She received her PhD from the University of Pittsburgh, her MSc from the University of Edinburgh, and her BA from Williams College. She is interested in questions at the intersection of philosophy of mind and moral psychology.

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