Representationalism and the determinacy of visual content

Philosophical Psychology 28 (2):227-239 (2015)

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Ben Bronner
Georgetown University
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DETERMINACY is the claim that covert shifts in visual attention sometimes affect the determinacy of visual content (capital letters will distinguish the claim from the familiar word, 'determinacy'). Representationalism is the claim that visual phenomenology supervenes on visual representational content. Both claims are popular among contemporary philosophers of mind, and DETERMINACY has been employed in defense of representationalism. I claim that existing arguments in favor of DETERMINACY are inconclusive. As a result, DETERMINACY-based arguments in support of representationalism are not strong ones.
Keywords attention  determinacy  visual content  representationalism  intentionalism
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DOI 10.1080/09515089.2013.843071
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