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Palgrave Innovations in Philosophy

Cognitive Penetrability and the Epistemic Role of Perception

Authors: Raftopoulos, Athanasios

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  • Divides and discusses visual perception in terms of 'early vision' and the often overlooked perceptual stage of 'late vision' 
  • Provides an account of how cognitive states could affect perceptual states in a way that entails late vision is cognitive penetrability 
  • Approaches problems using a unique perspective in which empirical studies and philosophical analysis are interwoven
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This book is about the interweaving between cognitive penetrability and the epistemic role of the two stages of perception, namely early and late vision, in justifying perceptual beliefs. It examines the impact of the epistemic role of perception in defining cognitive penetrability and the relation between the epistemic role of perceptual stages and the kinds (direct or indirect) of cognitive effects on perceptual processing. 
The book presents the argument that early vision is cognitively impenetrable because neither is it affected directly by cognition, nor does cognition affect its epistemic role. 
It also argues that late vision, even though it is cognitively penetrated and, thus, affected by concepts, is still a perceptual state that does not involve any discursive inferences and does not belong to the space of reasons. Finally, an account is given as to how cognitive states with symbolic content could affect perceptual states with iconic, analog content, during late vision. 

About the authors

Athanassios Raftopoulos is Professor of Epistemology and Cognitive Science at the Department of Psychology, University of Cyprus, Cyprus.He has been a fellow at the Center for Philosophy and History of science at Pittsburgh University, USA, and has published more than 130 papers and books in philosophy of science, philosophy of perception, philosophy of mind, cognitive psychology, and cognitive science.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

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eBook $69.99
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Hardcover $89.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-10444-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Cognitive Penetrability and the Epistemic Role of Perception
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Innovations in Philosophy
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-10445-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-10445-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-10444-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 368
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations
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