Direct realism in perception and memory

Peter Farleigh

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Do we, through perception and memory have direct contact with the world, or is such contact only mediated through mental representations? This is a central issue in the philosophy of psychology with the majority taking the representational view. Process philosophy, with its emphasis on a relational view of time, sides with a minority view - that of direct realism. In this paper I examine two schools of thought within the direct realist tradition - experimental psychology and process metaphysics. In particular I compare and contrast the work of what could be called the Australian realist school in psychology, with that of the prominent process philosopher, Charles Hartsborne.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSearching for new contrasts
Subtitle of host publicationWhiteheadian contributions to contemporary challenges in neurophysiology, psychology, psychotherapy, and the philosophy of mind
EditorsFranz G. Riffert, Michel Weber
Place of PublicationFrankfurt am Main, Germany
PublisherPeter Lang
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)3631390890
Publication statusPublished - 2003


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