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The Nature of Perception

John Foster


Within the framework of a realist view of the physical world, there are two general theories of the nature of perception. The first is strong direct realism (SDR). This accepts a realist view of the physical world, and claims that our perceptual access to this world is psychologically direct. The second is the broad representative theory (BRT). This too accepts a realist view of the world, but claims that perceptual contact with physical items is always psychologically mediated, i.e. it is constituted by the combination of the subject's being in a more fundamental psychological state, which is ... More

Keywords: direct realism, John Foster, idealism, mediation, perception, perceptual experience, phenomenal content, phenomenal experience, philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology, physical world, qualia, realism, representation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198237693
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198237693.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Foster, author
Brasenose College, Oxford