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About this Lecture
In this module, we give a brief summary of the topics covered so far in this series, focusing in particular on: (i) the strengths of the direct realist's account of perception; (ii) the challenges to the direct realism posed by illusions, perceptual variation, hallucinations and time lag cases; and (iii) the responses of direct realist to some of these challenges, and the extent to which these responses undermine the strengths of direct realism, e.g. its ability to capture the phenomenal character of experience, etc.
In this course, Dr Laura Gow explores the theory of perception known as direct realism. In the first module, we think about why perception is so important to us, before contrasting direct realism with another popular theory of perception: indirect realism. After that, in the second module, we think about the key advantages of direct realism as a theory of perception, before turning in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth modules to four of the key challenges to direct realism: the argument from illusion, the argument from perceptual variation, the argument from hallucination, and time lag cases. In a short seventh module, we offer a summary of the topics covered in the course.
Dr Laura Gow is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Liverpool. Her research interests are mainly in the philosophy of mind, with a particular focus on perception and perceptual experience. Her published work criticises contemporary attempts to provide physicalist accounts of perception, and her recent research explores the less appealing implications of endorsing a genuinely physicalist account of mind.
Cite this Lecture
Gow, L. (2021, March 09). Direct Realism - Conclusion [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/direct-realism/conclusion-90c45e07-890d-42d2-a2fb-73ad592eaade
Gow, Laura. "Direct Realism – Conclusion." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 09 Mar 2021, https://www.massolit.io/courses/direct-realism/conclusion-90c45e07-890d-42d2-a2fb-73ad592eaade