The Perception of Others

The Perception of Others The Perception of Others ALPHONSO F. LINGIS The Pennsylvania State University We are in life all convinced that by opening our eyes and by listening we really do perceive other people. It is true that I do not have immediate access to the conscious acts and states of others, nor to the ego identities that abide across the streams of their lives. And while we all perceive the world, the same world, I do not perceive the cross- section the world opens before another's eyes and touch. More directly I perceive the bodies of others. And as a matter of fact, I do not really experience the bodies of others as animate, alive, sensitive, motile in the sense that I so perceive my own body, and that each perceives his own body. But still we are in life all persuaded that by opening our eyes and looking we see a man there-not just colored patterns.We do not merely have a mediate, discursive idea of others; we do not merely posit their existence by inference, by taking certain sensible-data-in us or before us-as indications or signs of alien minds. For us other persons are not just hypotheses we entertain, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Research in Phenomenology Brill

The Perception of Others

Research in Phenomenology, Volume 2 (1): 47 – Jan 1, 1972

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Brill
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© 1972 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0085-5553
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1569-1640
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10.1163/156916472X00036
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The Perception of Others ALPHONSO F. LINGIS The Pennsylvania State University We are in life all convinced that by opening our eyes and by listening we really do perceive other people. It is true that I do not have immediate access to the conscious acts and states of others, nor to the ego identities that abide across the streams of their lives. And while we all perceive the world, the same world, I do not perceive the cross- section the world opens before another's eyes and touch. More directly I perceive the bodies of others. And as a matter of fact, I do not really experience the bodies of others as animate, alive, sensitive, motile in the sense that I so perceive my own body, and that each perceives his own body. But still we are in life all persuaded that by opening our eyes and looking we see a man there-not just colored patterns.We do not merely have a mediate, discursive idea of others; we do not merely posit their existence by inference, by taking certain sensible-data-in us or before us-as indications or signs of alien minds. For us other persons are not just hypotheses we entertain,

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Research in PhenomenologyBrill

Published: Jan 1, 1972

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