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The Contents of Visual Experience

Susanna Siegel


What do we see? We are visually conscious of colors and shapes, but are we also visually conscious of complex properties such as being John Malkovich? This book develops a framework for understanding the contents of visual experience, and argues that these contents involve all sorts of complex properties. The book starts by analyzing the notion of the contents of experience, and by arguing that theorists of all stripes should accept that experiences have contents. It then introduces a method for discovering the contents of experience: the method of phenomenal contrast. This method relies only ... More

Keywords: vision, high-level-vision, consciousness, perception, sensory experience, phenomenology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780195305296
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305296.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susanna Siegel, author
Harvard University
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