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Does Perception Have Content?$
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Berit Brogaard

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199756018

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199756018.001.0001

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Phenomenal Intentionality and Secondary Qualities

Phenomenal Intentionality and Secondary Qualities

The Quixotic Case of Color

(p.329) 14 Phenomenal Intentionality and Secondary Qualities
Does Perception Have Content?

Terry Horgan

Oxford University Press

This chapter sets forth and defends a position concerning the content of visual color-experiences, the content of color-attributing judgments, and the metaphysics of color. Color experiences have systematically non-veridical content: they present external objects as instantiating properties that those objects never instantiate. Color-attributing judgments, however, are often veridical: they attribute to external objects not the properties that are presented in visual color experiences, but rather certain Lockean dispositions to produce such colof-experiences—and these dispositional properties are often instantiated by the objects to which they are attributed. On the basis of this account, the chapter proposes a general distinction between primary qualities and secondary qualities. Presentational primary qualities are often instantiated and are identical to the corresponding judgmental primary qualities. Presentational secondary qualities, however, are never instantiated; nonetheless, judgmental secondary properties often are instantiated, and they are Lockean dispositions to produce experiences as-of the instantiation of those presentational secondary properties.

Keywords:   color, color experience, phenomenal intentionality, presentational content, judgmental content, primary quality, secondary quality, Edenic property

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