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- n. Agent noun of perceive; one who perceives.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who perceives (in any of the senses of the verb).
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who perceives, feels, or observes.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person who becomes aware (of things or events) through the senses
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The "conditions" that might prevent us from enjoying aesthetic experience are those that cut off either the artist or the perceiver from the "beauty" of creating and focus his/her attention instead on the purely utilitarian.
A different, but essentially parallel explanatory hypothesis is provided by a now familiar science fiction scenario: the perceiver is a disembodied brain floating in a vat of brain nutrients and receiving electrical impulses from a computer that again contains an ideally complete model or representation of a material world and generates the impulses accordingly, taking account of motor impulses received from the brain that reflect the person's intended movements.
The idea that consciousness exists in some state that is independent of the situation of the perceiver is a myth.
For the reader or the viewer "art as experience" involves what Dewey calls elsewhere in the book an "act of reconstruction" whereby the "perceiver" undertakes "an ordering of the elements of the whole that is in form, although not in details, the same as the process of organization the creator of the work consciously experienced."
The adventurous work of art could be equally meaningless if the "perceiver" can't recognize the broader practices made visible by tradition, even if the work does encompass them.
The self, the I-function, acts as the "perceiver" for our perception.
One can perceive corruption in the act of an officeholder only against a background of a "correct" pattern of behavior, a background which must exist in the beliefs of the perceiver.
Memory is personal to the perceiver and to explore memory -- in the form of memoir writing -- is to explore a personal truth of perception.
To first capture my attention, hold and warrant my interest; to make the bauble pretty enough, fascinating enough to convince the perceiver to want to recreate, to select, clarify, etc. according to her interest.
But with the perceiver, as with the artist, there must be an ordering of the elements of the whole that is in form, although not in details, the same as the process of organization the creator of the work consciously experienced.