ISBN: 9780262315050 | 432 pp. | August 2013


Philosophy and Psychology

Reflection on the nature of hallucination has relevance for many traditional philosophical debates concerning the nature of the mind, perception, and our knowledge of the world. In recent years, neuroimaging techniques and scientific findings on the nature of hallucination, combined with interest in new philosophical theories of perception such as disjunctivism, have brought the topic of hallucination once more to the forefront of philosophical thinking. Scientific evidence from psychology, neuroscience, and psychiatry sheds light on the functional role and physiology of actual hallucinations; some disjunctivist theories offer a radically new and different philosophical conception of hallucination. This volume offers interdisciplinary perspectives on the nature of hallucination, offering essays by both scientists and philosophers.

Contributors first consider topics from psychology and neuroscience, including neurobiological mechanisms of hallucination and the nature and phenomenology of auditory-verbal hallucinations. Philosophical discussions follow, with contributors first considering disjunctivism and then, more generally, the relation between hallucination and the nature of experience.

István Aranyosi, Richard P. Bentall, Paul Coates, Fabian Dorsch, Katalin Farkas, Charles Fernyhough, Dominic H. ffytche, Benj Hellie, Matthew Kennedy, Fiona Macpherson, Ksenija Maravic da Silva, Peter Naish, Simon McCarthy-Jones, Matthew Nudds, Costas Pagondiotis, Ian Phillips, Dimitris Platchias, Howard Robinson, Susanna Schellenberg, Filippo Varese

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. Contributors
  3. 1. The Philosophy and Psychology of Hallucination: An Introduction

    Fiona Macpherson

  4. 2. Introduction to the Chapters

    Dimitris Platchias

  5. 3. The Hallucinating Brain: Neurobiological Insights into the Nature of Hallucinations

    Dominic H. ffytche

  6. 4. Psychotic Hallucinations

    Richard P. Bentall and Filippo Varese

  7. 5. Thinking Aloud about Mental Voices

    Charles Fernyhough and Simon McCarthy-Jones

  8. 6. The Neuropsychology of Visual Hallucinations in Parkinson’s Disease and the Continuum Hypothesis

    Ksenija Maravic da Silva

  9. 7. Hallucinations in Hypnosis

    Peter Naish

  10. 8. The Multidisjunctive Conception of Hallucination

    Benj Hellie

  11. 9. Experience and Introspection

    Fabian Dorsch

  12. 10. Explanation in Good and Bad Experiential Cases

    Matthew Kennedy

  13. 11. Silencing the Argument from Hallucination

    Istv á n Aranyosi

  14. 12. Naive Realism and Hallucinations

    Matthew Nudds

  15. 13. Externalism and the Gappy Content of Hallucination

    Susanna Schellenberg

  16. 14. The Failure of Disjunctivism to Deal with “Philosophers’ Hallucinations”

    Howard Robinson

  17. 15. Hearing and Hallucinating Silence

    Ian Phillips

  18. 16. Hallucination, Mental Representation, and the Presentational Character

    Costas Pagondiotis

  19. 17. Hallucinations and the Transparency of Perception

    Paul Coates

  20. 18. A Sense of Reality

    Katalin Farkas

  21. Index