Representationalism and the scene-immediacy of visual experience: A journey to the fringe and back

Philosophical Psychology 25 (4):595 - 615 (2012)
Both visual experience and conscious thought represent external objects, but in visual experience these objects seem present before the mind and available for direct access in a way that they don?t in conscious thought. In this paper, I introduce a couple of challenges that this ?Scene-Immediacy? of visual experience raises for traditional versions of Representationalism. I then identify a resource to which Representationalists can appeal in addressing these challenges: the low-detail fringe of visual experience. I argue that low-detail contents within visual experience provide the mind with a rich access to additional high-detail information, an access that is not found in conscious thought. This access, in turn, speaks to the challenges raised by the Scene-Immediacy of visual experience. Robert Schroer is an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota at Duluth
Keywords Representationalism  perceptual consciousness  Scene-Immediacy  perceptual presence
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DOI 10.1080/09515089.2011.625120
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