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Ryle on Perception


Pfisterer, C C (2015). Ryle on Perception. In: Dolby, David. Ryle on Mind and Language. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 146-164.

Abstract

The philosophy of perception is certainly not Ryle’s main preoccupation, though he turns his attention to it on several occasions. His most extensive treatment of perception can be found in "The Concept of Mind", where he dedicates a whole chapter to the topic. Some of the ideas are fleshed out and elaborated later in "Dilemmas" and in the article ‘Sensation’. Among the recurring subjects is the difference between perception and sensation, the critique of sense-data and the grammar of perception verbs such as ‘see’, ‘hear’, ‘observe’ etc. However, the reception of these writings is neither extensive nor well-disposed. Most commentators concentrate on the negative and critical parts of Ryle’s discussion of perception, and on his dismissal of sense-data in particular. Yet, Ryle’s considerations about perception contain many constructive suggestions, which in my view are paid too little attention. In my contribution to this volume, I will allow for these suggestions in order to give a fairer and more comprehensive picture of Ryle’s account of perception.

Abstract

The philosophy of perception is certainly not Ryle’s main preoccupation, though he turns his attention to it on several occasions. His most extensive treatment of perception can be found in "The Concept of Mind", where he dedicates a whole chapter to the topic. Some of the ideas are fleshed out and elaborated later in "Dilemmas" and in the article ‘Sensation’. Among the recurring subjects is the difference between perception and sensation, the critique of sense-data and the grammar of perception verbs such as ‘see’, ‘hear’, ‘observe’ etc. However, the reception of these writings is neither extensive nor well-disposed. Most commentators concentrate on the negative and critical parts of Ryle’s discussion of perception, and on his dismissal of sense-data in particular. Yet, Ryle’s considerations about perception contain many constructive suggestions, which in my view are paid too little attention. In my contribution to this volume, I will allow for these suggestions in order to give a fairer and more comprehensive picture of Ryle’s account of perception.

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Item Type:Book Section, not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Philosophy
Dewey Decimal Classification:100 Philosophy
Uncontrolled Keywords:Ryle, perception, sense-data, achievement
Language:English
Date:2015
Deposited On:10 Dec 2015 10:52
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 19:39
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN:978-0-230-36093-8
Related URLs:http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/ryle-on-mind-and-language-david-dolby/?isb=9780230360938 (Publisher)

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