Perceptual Experience




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Christopher Hill, Perceptual Experience, Oxford University Press, 2022, 270pp., $90.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780192867766.

Reviewed by Matthew Fulkerson, University of California, San Diego

This book is a comprehensive account of perception that covers an impressive amount of territory. On the one hand it is incredibly ambitious and comprehensive. The range of issues covered is surprisingly wide. The book starts with foundational debates about representational content and defends accounts of the metaphysics of perceptual objects, introspection, pain, the demarcation problem, and the epistemology of perception, among many other topics. Any one of these issues could, and often has been, the subject of its own monograph. On the other hand, the book is a relatively compact read, and never feels bloated or overstuffed. The pacing here is comfortable, measured, and extremely well-organized. Each topic builds on the next, never getting bogged down in minutiae or buried under arcane discussions of…

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