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In the Light of Experience

New Essays on Perception and Reasons



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How does the idea that perception must provide reasons for our empirical judgements constrain our conception of our perceptual experiences? This volume presents ten new essays on perception which in different ways address this fundamental question. Charles Travis and John McDowell debate whether we need to ascribe content to experience in order to understand how it can provide the subject with reasons. Other essays address issues such as the following: What exactly is the Myth of the Given and why should it be worthwhile to try to avoid it? What constitutes our experiential reasons? Is it experiences themselves, the objects of experiences, or facts about our experiences? Should we conceive of experiential reasons as conclusive reasons? How should we conceive of the fallibility of our perceptual capacities if we think of experiences as capable of providing conclusive reasons? How should we conceive of the objects of experience? The contributors offer a variety of views on the reason-giving potential of experience, engaging explicitly and critically with each other's work.

Author Biography

Johan Gersel is external lecturer in philosophy at the University of Vienna. Rasmus Thybo Jensen is external lecturer in philosophy at the University of Copenhagen. Morten S. Thaning is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Department for Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School. Soren Overgaard is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Copenhagen.
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June 28th, 2018
Edited by Johan Gersel Edited by Morten S. Thaning Edited by Rasmus Thybo Jensen Edited by Soren Overgaard
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Oxford University Press
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