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Perceptual Imagination and Perceptual Memory$
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Fiona Macpherson and Fabian Dorsch

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198717881

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198717881.001.0001

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Perceptual Imagination and Perceptual Memory

Perceptual Imagination and Perceptual Memory

An Overview

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Perceptual Imagination and Perceptual Memory

Fiona Macpherson

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides an overview of the philosophical questions about perceptual imagination and perceptual memory discussed in this volume. There are two central questions. The first is: How do perceptual imagination and memory resemble and differ from each other and from other kinds of sensory experience? These experiences seem alike in their apparent presentation of external objects or events, their perspectival nature, and their connection to one (or more) of the sense modalities. Yet, they are different with respect to their sense of immediacy: arguably, only when we perceive objects, do they seem to be present directly before us in our environment. The second question is: What role does each play in perception and in the acquisition of knowledge? Imagination, memory, and perception are typically taken to play different motivational and justificatory roles. This introductory discussion also outlines the structure of the volume and the contribution of the subsequent chapters.

Keywords:   perception, imagination, memory, experience, knowledge

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