Tastes, temperatures, and pains
Smith, A. D. (Arthur David) (2011) Tastes, temperatures, and pains. In: Macpherson, Fiona, (ed.) The senses : classical and contemporary philosophical perspectives. Philosophy of mind series . New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195385960Full text not available from this repository.
The senses, or sensory modalities, constitute the different ways we have of perceiving the world, such as seeing, hearing, touching, tasting and smelling. But how many senses are there? How many could there be? What makes the senses different? What interaction takes place between the senses? This book is a guide to thinking about these questions. Together with an extensive introduction to the topic, the book contains the key classic papers on this subject together with nine newly commissioned essays. One reason that these questions are important is that we are receiving a huge influx of new information from the sciences that challenges some traditional philosophical views about the senses. This information needs to be incorporated into our view of the senses and perception. Can we do this whilst retaining our pre-existing concepts of the senses and of perception or do we need to revise our concepts? If they need to be revised, then in what way should that be done? Research in diverse areas, such as the nature of human perception, varieties of non-human animal perception, the interaction between different sensory modalities, perceptual disorders, and possible treatments for them, calls into question the platitude that there are five senses, as well as the pre-supposition that we know what we are counting when we count them as five (or more). This book will serve as an inspiring introduction to the topic and as a basis from which further new research will grow.
|Item Type:||Book Item|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BD Speculative Philosophy
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Philosophy|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Senses and sensation, Taste, Pain|
|Series Name:||Philosophy of mind series|
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
|Place of Publication:||New York|
|Book Title:||The senses : classical and contemporary philosophical perspectives|
|Number of Pages:||410|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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