The philosophy of perception is concerned with the nature of perceptual experience and the status of perceptual data in particular how they relate to beliefs about or knowledge of the world any explicit account of perception requires a commitment to one of a variety of ontological or metaphysical views. In general histories of philosophy trends or tendencies in the treatment of specific problems are liable to be obscured by the necessity of taking a broad view of the field there may therefore be some merit in a history of treatments of a particular philosophical problem or group of problems in . Note citations are based on reference standards however formatting rules can vary widely between applications and fields of interest or study the specific requirements or preferences of your reviewing publisher classroom teacher institution or organization should be applied. Phenomenology of perception french phenomenologie de la perception is a 1945 book by the french philosopher maurice merleau ponty in which the author expounds his thesis of the primacy of perceptionthe work established merleau ponty as the pre eminent philosopher of the body and is considered a major statement of french existentialism. Gary hatfield 2014 in jose filipe silva mikko yrjonsuuri eds active perception in the history of philosophy from plato to modern philosophy springer pp 275 89 details in the early modern period many authors held that sensation or sensory reception is in some way passive and that perception is in some way active
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