Perception and reality

Wilson, K. (2013) Perception and reality. New Philosopher, 1(2), pp. 104-107.

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Taken at face value, the picture of reality suggested by modern science seems radically opposed to the world as we perceive it through our senses. Indeed, it is not uncommon to hear scientists and others claim that much of our perceptual experience is a kind of pervasive illusion rather than a faithful presentation of various aspects of reality. On this view, familiar properties such as colours and solidity, to take just two examples, do not belong to external objects, but are fictions generated by the brain that we mistakenly ascribe to the world around us. Contrary to this view, I argue that properties like colour and solidity are as much a part of the fabric of reality as gravity and electrons, and that our scientific and common-sense world views are not as opposed to one another as it might first appear.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:philosophy of perception, metaphysics, epistemology, colour realism, illusion
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Wilson, Dr Keith
Authors: Wilson, K.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Philosophy
Journal Name:New Philosopher
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2013 The Author
First Published:First published in the New Philosopher 1(2):104-107
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with the permission of the publisher

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