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The Unity of Perception: Content, Consciousness, Evidence

Susanna Schellenberg


Perception is our key to the world. It plays at least three different roles in our lives. It justifies beliefs and provides us with knowledge of our environment. It brings about conscious mental states. It converts informational input, such as light and sound waves, into representations of invariant features in our environment. Corresponding to these three roles, there are at least three fundamental questions that have motivated the study of perception. How does perception justify beliefs and yield knowledge of our environment? How does perception bring about conscious mental states? How does ... More

Keywords: perception, content, consciousness, evidence, knowledge, capacities, information, discrimination, mental representation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198827702
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198827702.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susanna Schellenberg, author
Professor of Philosophy, Rutgers University