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Perception and its Objects$
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Bill Brewer

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199260256

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199260256.001.0001

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The Object View

The Object View

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Perception and its Objects

Bill Brewer (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

The recommended reaction to the Inconsistent Triad, (OV), is to reject (III), the claim that the direct objects of perception are mind-dependent, whilst retaining the early modern empiricist insight that perceptual experience is most fundamentally to be construed as a relation of acquaintance with certain direct objects, whose identity and nature provide the most basic elucidation of what it is to be in the relevant conscious experiential condition. Detailed explanation is given of how the dependence of a person's perceptual experience of a given object upon the her point of view and other circumstances of perception, and also the possibility of various kinds of illusion and hallucination, are all consistent with the identification of such direct objects with mind-independent physical objects. A rich and nuanced account is given of the many and varied ways that such mind-independent physical objects look in perception on the basis of their visually relevant similarities from the point of view and in the circumstances in question with various paradigm exemplars of physical kinds. This exploits a powerful distinction between thin and thick such looks.

Keywords:   acquaintance, direct object, point of view, circumstances of perception, illusion, hallucination, visually relevant similarities, paradigms, thin looks, thick looks

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