The Epistemology of Non-Visual Perception

ISBN : 9780190648916

Dimitria Electra Gatzia; Berit Brogaard
296 ページ
156 x 235 mm

Most of the research on the epistemology of perception has focused on visual perception. This is hardly surprising given that most of our knowledge about the world is largely attributable to our visual experiences. The present volume is the first to instead focus on the epistemology of non-visual perception - hearing, touch, taste, and cross-sensory experiences. Drawing on recent empirical studies of emotion, perception, and decision-making, it breaks new ground on discussions of whether or not perceptual experience can yield justified beliefs and how to characterize those beliefs.

The Epistemology of Non-Visual Perception explores questions not only related to traditional sensory perception, but also to proprioceptive, interoceptive, multisensory, and event perception, expanding traditional notions of the influence that conscious non-visual experience has on human behavior and rationality. Contributors investigate the role that emotions play in decision-making and agential perception and what this means for justifications of belief and knowledge. They analyze the notion that some sensory experiences, like touch, have epistemic privilege over others, as well as perception's relationship to introspection, and the relationship between action perception and belief. Other essays engage with topics in aesthetics and the philosophy of art, exploring the role that artworks can play in providing us with perceptional knowledge of emotions. The essays collected here, written by top researchers in their respective fields, offer perspectives from a wide range of philosophical disciplines and will appeal to scholars interested in philosophy of mind, epistemology, philosophical psychology, among others.


Introduction: Berit Brogaard and Dimitria Electra Gatzia, The Epistemology of Non-Visual Perception

1. Barry C Smith, Tasting Flavours: An Epistemology of Multisensory Perception

2. Matthew Fulkerson, Sensory Interactions and the Epistemology of Haptic Touch

3. Bence Nanay, Multimodal mental imagery and perceptual justification

4. Angela Mendelovici, How reliably misrepresenting olfactory experiences justify true beliefs

5. William G. Lycan, Hearing As

6. John Campbell, Is tactual knowledge of space grounded in tactual sensation?

7. Olivier Massin and Frederique de Vignemont, he exception isth this belief -a which, in accordance with phenomenal conservatism, dationalism)lly presented.etweeen tween difUnless I put my hand into his side, I will not believe: The Epistemic Privilege of Touch

8. Carrie Figdor, Experiences of duration and cognitive penetrability

9. Rebecca Copenhaver and Jay Odenbaugh, Experiencing Emotions: Aesthetics, Representationalism, and Expression

10. Lana Kuhle, The Emotional Dimension to Sensory Perception

11. Jennifer Matey, The Perception of Virtue



Dimitria Electra Gatzia is Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Akron, where she has been since 2007. She received her BA in philosophy from the University of California, Los Angeles and her Ph.D in philosophy from Syracuse University. Her areas of concentration are philosophy of mind and cognitive neuroscience. Berit Brit Brogaard is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Miami and a Professor II at the University of Oslo. Her areas of research include philosophy of perception, philosophy of emotions, and philosophy of language. She is the author of Transient Truths (Oxford University Press, 2012), On Romantic Love (Oxford University Press, 2015), The Superhuman Mind (Penguin, 2015) and Seeing & Saying (Oxford University Press, 2018).