On Perceptual Confidence and “Completely Trusting Your Experience”

Analytic Philosophy 61 (2):174-188 (2019)
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John Morrison has argued that confidences are assigned in perceptual experience. For example, when you perceive a figure in the distance, your experience might assign a 55-percent confidence to the figure’s being Isaac. Morrison’s argument leans on the phenomenon of ‘completely trusting your experience’. I argue that Morrison presupposes a problematic ‘importation model’ of this familiar phenomenon, and propose a very different way of thinking about it. While the article’s official topic is whether confidences are assigned in perceptual experience, it is also about two more general issues: how we can determine which properties are assigned in perceptual experience; and how we transition from perception to belief.



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