Sense and Sensibility. Empirical and Philosophical Investigations on the Five Senses
VOLUME 4, JULY 2013 

Sense and Sensibility. Empirical and Philosophical Investigations on the Five Senses

The papers collected in this volume originate from the international conference “Sense and Sensibility: Empirical and Philosophical Investigations...

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Sense and Sensibility. Empirical and Philosophical Investigations on the Five Senses

The papers collected in this volume originate from the international conference “Sense and Sensibility: Empirical and Philosophical Investigations on the Five Senses”, held in January 2013 at San Raffaele University and organized by the Research Unit “Person, Social Cognition and Normativity” (Prin 2008), the Research Center in Phenomenology and Sciences of the Person and the Research Center in Experimental and Applied Epistemology of San Raffaele University. Its aim was to promote a thorough exploration of the world of sensory experiences from phenomenological, cognitive, and neurobiological points of view. The questions addressed in the conference and in the papers that constitute the present collection are the following: What is the nature of the senses and how do the different senses operate? In particular, can each sense modality be understood in isolation from any other such modality or, in order to fully understand each sense modality, do we need to understand how that modality relates to the others? Are our perceptual experiences representational states? And, if so, what and how do they represent? Moreover, what is the relation between the representational features of our sense experiences and their phenomenal qualities? Apart from modal experiences, are there also “crossmodal” experiences and, in the positive case, how do they differ from modal ones?

How do we account for the multi-modality of sensory experience and how is the information gathered from different sensory modalities bound together in such a way as to account for the fact that our experiences are phenomenally unified? (from the Introduction)


CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION
Clotilde Calabi (Università degli Studi di Milano) and Elisabetta Sacchi (Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele)
Sense and Sensibility. Empirical and Philosophical Investigations on the Five Senses


SESSION 1. Perception, Embodiment, Sensibility

Helmuth Plessner
“The Objectivity of the Senses”

Roberta De Monticelli (Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele)
Embodied Visual Perception. An Argument from Plessner (1923)

Maurizio Ferraris (Università degli Studi di Torino)
Why Perception Matters

Andrea Zhok (Università degli Studi di Milano)
On the Reality of Percepts: Husserl and Gibson

Edoardo Fugali (Università degli Studi di Messina)
The Role of Tactility in the Constitution of Embodied Experience

Francesca Forlé (Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele)
What we See Depends on How we Move

Regina Gregori Grgic (Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele) and Claudio de’Sperati (Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele)
Psychophysics Phenomenologized? Sensation and Decision in Visual Motion Perception

Matthew Bower (University of Memphis) and Shaun Gallagher (University of Memphis, University of Central Florida, University of Hertfordshire)
Bodily Affects as Prenoetic Elements in Enactive Perception

Alberto Gualandi
“Sensing” Voices. A Theoretical Comparison

Sarah Songhorian (Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele)
How do we Understand Others? Empathy and Theory-Theory of Mind as Two Different, but Cooperative, Mechanisms for Sensibility

Susi Ferrarello (Loyola University Chicago)
Husserl’s Phenomenology of Validity


SESSION 2. Representationalism, Phenomenal Character, Subjectivity

Alberto Voltolini (Università degli Studi di Torino)
The Mark of the Mental

Elisabetta Sacchi (Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele)
The Content and Phenomenology of Perceptual Experience

Roberta Locatelli (University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)
In Defence of Phenomenal Disjunctivism: An Elucidation

Arianna Uggé (Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele)
Representationalism and Ambiguous Figures

Clotilde Calabi (Università degli Studi di Milano)
Amodal Completion, Perception and Visual Imagery

Elvira Di Bona (Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele / Institut Jean Nicod)
Some Considerations on Pitch

Alfredo Tomasetta (Università degli Studi di Bergamo)
Sense and Subjectivity. A Very Short – and Partial – History of the Loss and Recovery of the Bodily Self

Vittorio Gallese (Università degli Studi di Parma) and Sjoerd Ebisch Embodied Simulation and Touch: The Sense of Touch in Social Cognition

Barry C. Smith (Institute of Philosophy, School of Advanced Study, University of London)
The Nature of Sensory Experience: The Case of Taste and Tasting