Patrick Heelan, fenomenologia e a percepção visual

Carlos Fils Puig, Rogério Tolfo, António A. P. Videira

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This article describes and discusses the ideas of Patrick Heelan about the nature of visual perception, which he argues as not being intrinsically Euclidian, but rather as being described both in Euclidian and not-Euclidian geometries. Another objective is to place Heelan’s ideas in the context of the attempts to grasp the nature of science from the hermeneutical standpoint, in agreement with the so called analytical philosophy of science, noticing that his philosophical perspective is determined by phenomenology, in particular that inspired by Heidegger. Heelan’s phenomenology and philosophy of science are innovative and original deserving to be described and analysed. It is proposed that the investigation of Heelan’s project opens up new perspectives in both phenomenology and philosophy of science.
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)475-518
JournalRevista Portuguesa de Filosofia
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 30 Oct 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Hermeneutics
  • Perception
  • Phenomenology
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Scientist-philosopher

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