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The Cognitive Penetrability of Perception: New Philosophical Perspectives

John Zeimbekis and Athanassios Raftopoulos


According to the cognitive penetrability hypothesis, our beliefs, desires, and possibly our emotions literally affect how we see the world. This book elucidates the nature of the cognitive penetrability and impenetrability hypotheses, assesses their plausibility, and explores their philosophical consequences. The first chapters provide methodological and conceptual clarification of the topic and give an account of the relations between penetrability, encapsulation, modularity, and cross-modal interactions in perception. Assessments of psychological and neuroscientific evidence for cognitive pe ... More

Keywords: cognitive penetrability, modularity, encapsulation, perception, cognition, early vision, late vision, contents of perception, perceptual warrant

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198738916
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198738916.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Zeimbekis, editor
University of Patras, Greece

Athanassios Raftopoulos, editor
University of Cyprus

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The Cognitive Penetrability of Perception

Athanassios Raftopoulos and John Zeimbekis

Part I Definitional and Methodological Issues

Part II Modularity, Encapsulation, and Impenetrability

Part III Substantive Impenetrability and Penetrability Claims

Part IV Cognitive Penetrability and the Phenomenology of Perception

10 ‘Looks the Same but Feels Different’

Jérôme Dokic and Jean-Rémy Martin

Part V Cognitive Penetrability and Nonconceptual Content

Part VI Cognitive Penetrability and Realism


Susanna Siegel