This book reconsiders the major
current topics in the philosophy of perception using olfaction as the paradigm
sense. The author reveals how many of the most basic concepts of philosophy of
perception are based on peculiarities of visual perception not found in other
modalities, and addresses how different the philosophy of perception would be
if based on olfaction. The book addresses several aspects of olfaction,
including perceptual qualities, percepts, olfaction and cognitive processes,
The first part
of the book considers perception with respect to its ability to guide behaviors
and to make information available to cognitive processes. The author continues
by addressing the differences between conscious and non-conscious olfactory
perception, and presents an argument for an important role of attention in
conscious processes. The book concludes by discussing the function of conscious
brain processes and their link to guiding behaviors in complex situations.
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