Alva Noë

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The focus of my research is perception, perceptual content and perceptual consciousness.

Action in Perception is now in print! The central idea of this book is that perceptual experience acquires content thanks to perceivers' mastery of patterns of sensorimotor dependence. The publisher's site for the book, where you can view the table of contents, sample chapters, and the jacket blurbs, is here. The book can be ordered at Amazon. Please visit my Action in Perception page here.

I am now at work on two new book projects.

Perception and Consciousness: A Sensorimotor Approach, by J. Kevin O'Regan and myself, will be published by Oxford University Press in the Oxford Psychology Series. This book is a restatement and development of the position developed in our 2001 BBS target article (see below).

Susan Hurley and I are also at work on a joint book on the brain-basis of consciousness. The project is as yet untitled but will probably be published in David Chalmers's Oxford University Press Philosophy of Mind series. The basic claim of the book will be that neural states are not sufficient for consciousness. The mind is not in the head, at least not entirely. We have begun to make out this claim in a series of papers on neural plasticity and consciousness (discussing, among other things, rewired ferrets, phantom limbs, synaesthesia, and related phenomena).

All three of these books explore and develop a sensorimotor, dynamic, enactive approach to perception and consciousness. Papers on this and on other topics are available below. For a complete list of publications, please see my CV. Information about my co-authors is available here.

 
 

Papers (by topic)

  

New papers
The Sensorimotor or Enactive Approach to Perception
Perception and the Grand Illusion
Perception and the Brain
Filling In

Perception and Understanding
Perception and Art
Miscellaneous Perception Articles
Wittgenstein

 

New papers

  

New article: "Experience of the world in time".
This is one side of an exchange with Andy Clark.
Forthcoming in ANALYSIS.
(PDF)

New article: "Against Intellectualism".
A critical discussion of Stanley and Williamson on knowing how and knowing that.
Forthcoming in ANALYSIS
ANALYSIS preprint (PDF)

New article: "Real presence".
PDF draft

New article: "Experience without the head".
Forthcoming in Perceptual Experience, eds. by TS Gendler & J. Hawthorne. OUP
PDF draft

New article with Susan Hurley: "Can hunter gatherers hear color?".
Forthcoming in Common Minds: Essays in Honour of Philip Pettit.
Edited by G. Brennen, R. Goodin and M. Smith. OUP.
Draft (pdf)

"The deferential brain in action: reply to Jeffrey Gray." With Susan Hurley. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 7/5: 195-196.
Final version (pdf)

"Neural plasticity and consciousness: reply to Block." With Susan Hurley. In press in Trends in Cognitive Sciences.
Final version (pdf)

"Art as enaction." Interdiscipline Online Symposium on Art and Cogntion.
Website

"Is the visual world a grand illusion?" Journal of Consciousness Studies. Volume 9, No 5/6, 2002: 1-12.
Final version (pdf)

"Are there neural correlates of consciousness?" With Evan Thompson. Completed and accepted as a target article for the Journal of Consciousness Studies. Commentaries now being solicited.
Penultimate version (pdf)

"Neural plasticity and consciousness." With Susan Hurley. Biology and Philosophy 18: 131-168 [2003], special issue on neuroscience, edited by Kathleen Akins and Philip Gerrans.
Final version (pdf)

"Towards an analytic phenomenology: The concepts of bodiliness and grabbiness." With J.K. O'Regan and Erik Myin. In A. Carsetti (Ed.) Proceedings of the International Colloquium : "Seeing and Thinking. Reflections on Kanizsa's Studies in Visual Cognition". Univ. Tor Vergata, Rome, June 8-9, 2001. Kluwer, in press.
Penultimate version (pdf)

 

The Sensorimotor or Enactive Approach to Perception

  

New article: "Real presence".
PDF draft

"Causation and perception: the puzzle unravelled," forthcoming in Analysis.
Analysis preprint

"On what we see." Pacific Philosophical Quarterly. Volume 83, number 1. 2002: 57-80.
Final version (pdf)

"Is perspectival self-consciousness nonconceptual?" The Philosophical Quarterly. Volume 52, number 207, April 2002: 185-194.
Final version (pdf)

"A sensorimotor account of vision and visual consciousness." [A target article] With J. Kevin O'Regan. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 24 (5), 2001: 883-917.
Final version (pdf)

"Acting out our sensory experience: Authors' Response to Commentary." With J. Kevin O'Regan. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 24 (5), 2001: 955-975.
Final version (pdf)

"What it is like to see: a sensorimotor theory of perceptual experience." With J. Kevin O'Regan. Synthese. Volume 129, No. 1, October, 2001: 79-103.
Final version (pdf)

"Towards an analytic phenomenology: The concepts of bodiliness and grabbiness." With J.K. O'Regan and Erik Myin. In A. Carsetti (Ed.) Proceedings of the International Colloquium : "Seeing and Thinking. Reflections on Kanizsa's Studies in Visual Cognition". Univ. Tor Vergata, Rome, June 8-9, 2001. Kluwer, in press.
Penultimate version (pdf)

  Perception and the Grand Illusion
  

"Is the visual world a grand illusion?" Journal of Consciousness Studies. Volume 9, No 5/6, 2002: 1-12.
Final version (pdf)

"Beyond the grand illusion: what change blindness really teaches us about vision." (With Evan Thompson and Luiz Pessoa.) Visual Cognition 7, 2000: 93-106.
Final version (pdf)

"Experience and the active mind." Synthese. Volume 129, No. 1, October, 2001: 41-60.
Final version (pdf)

"Perception, attention and the grand illusion." (With J. Kevin O'Regan.) Psyche 6 (15), 2000. URL: http://psyche.cs.monash.edu.au/v6/psyche-6-15-noe.html
Final version (html)

  Perception and the Brain
  

"Are there neural correlates of consciousness?" With Evan Thompson. Completed and accepted as a target article for the Journal of Consciousness Studies. Commentaries now being solicited.
Penultimate version (pdf)

"Neural plasticity and consciousness." With Susan Hurley. Submitted by invitation to Biology and Philosophy, special issue on neuroscience, edited by Kathleen Akins and Philip Gerrans.
Final version (pdf)

"The deferential brain in action: reply to Jeffrey Gray." With Susan Hurley. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 7/5: 195-196.
Final version (pdf)

"Neural plasticity and consciousness: reply to Block." With Susan Hurley. In press in Trends in Cognitive Sciences.
Final version (pdf)

"On the brain-basis of visual consciousness." With J. Kevin O'Regan. Accepted, completed and in press. In A. No‘ & E. Thompson (eds.) Vision and Mind: Selected Readings in the Philosophy of Perception. Cambridge: MA, The MIT Press, 2002.
Temporarily unavailable

  Filling in
  

"Finding out about Filling in: A Guide to Perceptual Completion for Visual Science and the Philosophy of Perception," . [A target article] (With Luiz Pessoa and Evan Thompson). The Behavioral and Brain Sciences 21: 6, 1998: 723-748.
Final version (pdf)

"Filling-in is for finding out. Authors' response." (With Evan Thompson and Luiz Pessoa.) The Behavioral and Brain Sciences 21: 6, 1998: 781-802.
Final version (pdf)

"Perceptual Completion: A Case Study in Phenomenology and Cognitive Science." (With Evan Thompson and Luiz Pessoa.) In J. Petitot, J-M Roy, B. Pachoud & F. J. Varela (eds.) Naturalizing Phenomenology: Issues in Contemporary Phenomenology and Cognitive Science. Stanford University Press: 1999.
Penultimate version (html)

  Perception and understanding
  

"Is perspectival self-consciousness nonconceptual?" The Philosophical Quarterly. Volume 52, number 207, April 2002: 185-194.
Final version (pdf)

"Perception, action, and nonconceptual content." A Field Guide to Philosophy of Mind. 2000.
Final version (html)
Visit the entire symposium of which this paper was a part, including a reply by Susan Hurley.

"Thought and experience." American Philosophical Quarterly. Volume 36, No. 3 (July, 1999): 257-265.
Penultimate version (pdf)

  Perception and art
  

"Art as enaction." Interdiscipline Online Symposium on Art and Cogntion.
Website

"Experience and experiment in art." Journal of Consciousness Studies. 7, No. 8-9, 2001: 123-135.
Final version (pdf)

  Miscellaneous Perception articles
  

"Direct perception." The Macmillan Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science. Accepted. Completed. In press. Due out late in 2002. Penultimate version (pdf)

"Introduction to Vision and Mind." With Evan Thompson. In A. Noë & E. Thompson (eds.) Vision and Mind: Selected Readings in the Philosophy of Perception. Cambridge: MA, The MIT Press, 2002.
Penultimate version (pdf)

  Wittgenstein
  

"Wittgenstein, Phenomenology, and What It Makes Sense To Say," Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Vol. LIV, No. 1 ( March 1994): 1-42. Final version available from JSTOR.
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  Co-authors
  

Susan L. Hurley
Erik Myin
J.Kevin O'Regan
Luiz Pessoa
Evan Thompson

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