The philosophy of perception is concerned with the nature of perceptual experience and the status of perceptual data in particular how they relate to beliefs about or knowledge of the world any explicit account of perception requires a commitment to one of a variety of ontological or metaphysical views. Read the full text online edition of sensation and perception a history of the philosophy of perception 1961 sensation and perception a history of the philosophy of perception by d w hamlyn it is in this spirit that the present work attempts to deal with the concepts of sensation and perception what perception is and how it is . What is sensation and perception philosophy essay sensation comes from the word sense which is the use of the 5 sense that are touch smell vision hearing and tasting each one has its own function that helps in the process of sensation. The problem of perception is one of specifying correct and consistent meanings for the concepts we use in talking about it the most frequent mistake in the history of this concept has been to reduce perception either to sensation or to judgment. Gary hatfield 2014 in jose filipe silva mikko yrjonsuuri eds active perception in the history of philosophy from plato to modern philosophy springer pp 275 89 details in the early modern period many authors held that sensation or sensory reception is in some way passive and that perception is in some way active
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