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What It Is Like To Perceive: Direct Realism and the Phenomenal Character of Perception

J. Christopher Maloney


Conscious perception is a distinctive mode of cognition marked by its manifestly sensuous phenomenal character. Why? An intentionalist may reply that perception is a kind of psychological state realized by an oddly contentful mental representation. A higher order theorist might alternatively answer that a perceptual state is sensuous since it is the content of a higher order cognitive state. Neither of these representationalists is right. It is not the content of any mental state that ensures perception's phenomenal character. Rather, the unique structure of a perceptual representation determi ... More

Keywords: cognition, consciousness, higher order theory, intentionalism perception, phenomenal character, representationalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190854751
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190854751.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. Christopher Maloney, author
Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science, University of Arizona