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Perceiving the World$
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Bence Nanay

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195386196

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195386196.001.0001

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What’s in a Look?

What’s in a Look?

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(p.160) 8 What’s in a Look?
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Perceiving the World
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M. G. F. Martin (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195386196.003.0008

This paper is a discussion of the superficial: it concerns the semantics of looks statements and the nature of the looks objects have. The aim is to provide first a minimal semantics for looks statements which accords with the intuitive truth conditions we ascribe to our talk of looks while remaining neutral about the underlying nature of perceptual experience; being neutral, for example, on the question whether perceptual experience is a representational state, or is the presentation of an array of sense-data. An account of the nature of looks is also offered which is parsimonious: I suggest that we can take ways of looking just to be the basic visible properties of objects, and that we do not need to recognize a special category of appearance properties beyond those properties we need to attribute to objects to make sense of the truth of visually grounded descriptions of them.

Keywords:   Appearance, look, comparison, representation, subjective, observation, perception

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