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Consciousness and perceptual experience, an ecological and phenomenological approach, Thomas Natsoulas

This book describes and proposes an unusual integrative approach to human perception that qualifies as both an ecological and a phenomenological approach at the same time. Thomas Natsoulas shows us how our consciousness - in three of six senses of the word that the book identifies - is involved in our activity of perceiving the one and only world that exists, which includes oneself as a proper part of it, and that all of us share together with the rest of life on earth. He makes the case that our stream of consciousness - in the original Jamesian sense minus his mental/physical dualism - provides us with firsthand contact with the world, as opposed to our having such contact instead with theorist-posited items such as inner mental representations, internal pictures, or sense-image models, pure figments and virtual objects, none of which can have effects on our sensory receptors.--, Provided by publisher
Table of contents
Introduction: concepts of consciousness -- Skepticism regarding consciousness -- The normal waking state -- Contact with the world -- Environment -- The life-world -- Perceptual content -- Experiential presence -- Viewing -- Inner awareness -- Conclusion: against virtual objects -- References
Literary form
non fiction
Physical description
1 online resource (vii, 463 pages), digital, PDF file(s).
Specific material designation
Form of item

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