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A Multisensory Philosophy of Perception

Casey O'Callaghan


This book argues that human perception and perceptual consciousness are richly multisensory. Its thesis is that the coordinated use of multiple senses enhances and extends human perceptual capacities and consciousness in three critical ways. First, crossmodal perceptual illusions reveal hidden multisensory interactions that typically make the senses more coherent and reliable sources of evidence about the environment. Second, the joint use of multiple senses discloses more of the world, including novel features and qualities, making possible new forms of perceptual experience. Third, through c ... More

Keywords: multisensory perception, consciousness, perception–cognition distinction, the senses, crossmodal illusion, plasticity, synesthesia, perceptual learning, psychophysics, phenomenology

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198833703
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198833703.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Casey O'Callaghan, author
Washington University in St. Louis

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