Contents of consciousness

Perception 1

Authored by: Monima Chadha

History of Indian Philosophy

Print publication date:  December  2017
Online publication date:  November  2017

Print ISBN: 9780415309769
eBook ISBN: 9781315666792
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This chapter lists the definitions of perception given by the classical Indian schools representing the three main theories of direct realism, representationalism, and phenomenalism. This is followed by a discussion of the controversial classical Indian epistemology issue—whether perception is conceptualized or not? Is the sensory core all there is to the content of a perceptual experience? Is the content of a perceptual experience is restricted to being unconceptualized (nirvikalpaka), or can any part of it be conceptualized (savikalpaka) as well?

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