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Direct realism in perception and memory
Riffert, Franz G. and Weber, Michel. Searching for new contrasts : Whiteheadian contributions to contemporary challenges in neurophysiology, psychology, psychotherapy, and the philosophy of mind , p.295-312
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.