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The Rationality of Perception

Susanna Siegel


One of the most important divisions in the human mind is between perception and reasoning. Perceptual experiences are conscious, but much of our reasoning is unconscious. We reason from information that we take ourselves to have already, but perception is a means of taking in new information. Reasoning can be better or worse, but perception is considered beyond reproach. The Rationality of Perception argues that these two aspects of the mind become deeply intertwined when beliefs, fears, desires, or prejudice influence what we perceive. When the influences reach all the way to perceptual appea ... More

Keywords: cognitive penetration, implicit bias, perception, epistemology, consciousness, rationality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198797081
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198797081.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susanna Siegel, author
Harvard University