The Epistemology of Non-Visual Perception

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Dimitria Electra Gatzia, Berit Brogaard
Oxford University Press, Jan 3, 2020 - Philosophy - 288 pages
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.


An Epistemology of Multisensory Perception
2 Sensory Interactions and the Epistemology of Haptic Touch
3 Multimodal Mental Imagery and Perceptual Justification
4 How Reliably Misrepresenting Olfactory Experiences Justify True Beliefs
5 Hearing As
6 Is Tactual Knowledge of Space Grounded in Tactual Sensation?
The Epistemic Privilege of Touch
8 Experiences of Duration and Cognitive Penetrability
Aesthetics Representationalism and Expression
10 The Emotional Dimension to Sensory Perception
11 The Perception of Virtue

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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).

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