Perceptual Illusions Philosophical and Psychological Essays

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  • Copyright: 2012-06-19
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Although current debates in epistemology and philosophy of mind show a renewed interest in perceptual illusions, there is no systematic work in the philosophy of perception and in the psychology of perception with respect to the concept of illusion and the relation between illusion and error. This book aims to fill that gap.

Author Biography

Clotilde Calabi is Associate Professor of Theories of Mind and Language at the University of Milan, Italy. Her research focuses on philosophy of perception, emotions, and attention. Her publications include The Choosing Mind and the Judging Will: An Analysis of Attention (1993), Passioni e Ragioni (1996), and Filosofia della Percezione (2009).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Notes on Contributorsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
What Is an Illusion?
The Illusion of Visual Illusionsp. 25
Illusions that We Should Have (but Don't)p. 44
The Awareness of Illusionsp. 59
The Genesis of the Awareness of Illusionp. 75
Veridical Perceptions
Perceptual Constancies: Illusions and Veridicalityp. 87
Is the Moon Illusion an Illusion?p. 107
Cats! Michotte's New Enigma of Perceptionp. 124
Do Pictures and Mirrors Fool the Eye?
Trompe l'aeil and the Nature of Picturesp. 145
Toward a Syncretistic Theory of Depiction (or How to Account for the Illusionist Aspect of Experiencing Pictures)p. 164
Mirrors, Illusions, and Epistemic Innocencep. 192
Other Errors: Recalcitrant Emotions and Misidentifications
Emotions, Perceptions, and Emotional Illusionsp. 205
Perceptual Misrecognition: A Kind of Illusion?p. 223
Seeing Double: Illusions of Identity in Delusional Disordersp. 242
Referencesp. 260
General Indexp. 277
Name Indexp. 283
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