The Geometry of Visual Space and the Nature of Visual Experience

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My concern in this paper is with the aspect of the phenomenal character of visual experience that pertains to its spatial dimension. I refer to this aspect as visual space. A number of contemporary theorists, explicitly hold, or are committed to the thesis that the natural properties of objects in the world are the source of the phenomenal character of perceptual experience, and our perceptual access to these properties can be understood in a naturalistic framework. I shall henceforth call this view naturalistic objectivism. This paper focuses on naturalistic objectivism. My aim is to argue that the view conflicts with a number of scientific facts about the geometrical characteristics of visual space.
Keywords Spatial Perception, Externalism, Representationalism  Direct Realism, Phenomenal Character
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