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1. Introduction

Perception (Latin perceptio, “taking”, “perception”, from percipere, “to gather”) is the term for the process of receiving information from one’s surroundings. In the modern sense, this takes place exclusively through the human senses (classically vision, hearing, smell, taste, touch; since the mid-19th century also senses of temperature, equilibrium, and pain). According…

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Weber, Wolfgang E.J., “Perception”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 26 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_029963>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721

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