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Action in Perception (The MIT Press, 2004)

 

The main idea of this book is that perception isn't something that happens inside us (in our brains say). It is something we do.

Please visit the publisher's site for blurbs, the table of contents, and sample chapters. Or you can order it here.

News and Events!

Action in Perception (The MIT Press, 2004) is now in paperback!

The online journal PSYCHE, an official publication of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, is now hosting a symposium on Action in Perception . Coming soon! The symposium is edited by Mark Rowlands. Contributors include Pierre Jacob, Jesse Prinz, Andy Clark, Mark Rowlands, and (coming soon) Charles Siewert.

Reviews of Action in Perception are starting to come out. R.L. Gregory reviews the book in Nature (6 October 2005). [Available to subscribing ip addresses only. Sorry!] S.H. Creem-Regehr offers a review in the November 2005 Trends in Cognitive Sciences (I think). Subscribers can read an in-press version here. A penultimate version of Ned Block's Journal of Philosophy review is available on his web site. Shaun Gallagher has posted his Times Literary Supplement review of the book here. Shimon Edelman's pretty negative review of Action in Perception is available on his web site; it has been published in Artificial Life in the Winter 2005 issue (vol 12, no. 1). Other reviews include a forthcoming review in Mind by Mohan Matthen; a review by Michael Pace in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, as well as others.

The journal Philosophy and Phenomenological Research will be publishing a Book Symposium on Action in Perception. Participants will be John Campbell (UC Berkeley), Sean Kelly (Princeton), Mike Martin (UCL), and Eric Schwitzgebel (UC Riverside). Stay tuned!

The journal Philosophical Psychology will be publishing a small symposium on Action in Perception with commentaries by Fred Keijzer (of the University of Groningen) and Ryan Hickerson (of the University of Western Oregon).

An "Author meets Critics" session on Action in Perception took place on 25 March 2005 at the Pacific Division meetings of the American Philosophical Association in San Francisco. The critics were John Campbell (UC Berkeley), Sean Kelly (Princeton), and Michael Martin (University College London). I hope to make texts from the discussion, and maybe digital audio, available here soon.

I recently taped an appearance on Tech Nation , a KQED public radio show hosted by Moira Gunn. This interview, on Action in Perception , was broadcast in the San Francisco area on 26 June 2005. Listen to the interview here.

UC Berkeley's online journal of research in arts and humanities features a discussion of me and Action in Perception here.

 

 

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