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DisjunctivismPerception, Action, Knowledge$
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Adrian Haddock and Fiona Macpherson

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199231546

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231546.001.0001

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Disjunctivism about Visual Experience

Disjunctivism about Visual Experience

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Scott Sturgeon

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores an approach to visual experience known as ‘disjunctivism’. Section 1 lays out a conception of visual experience focused on two charged aspects of the phenomenon: its conscious portrayal of the world, and its perceptual contact with the world. Section 2 lays out the backbone of disjunctivism and relates it to that conception of visual experience. Section 3 lays out a range of disjunctive positions and shows how they share the backbone. Section 4 canvasses major motivations for disjunctivism and shows how they confer a dialectical advantage on one version of the approach. Sections 5 and 6 sketch that version, explore its details, and show how they can be used to rebut criticism found in the literature. Section 7 presents new worries for the view. Section 8 explores a pure kind of disjunctivism — one which avoids these worries — sketching when it counts as well motivated.

Keywords:   experience, perception, pure disjunctivism, visual

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