What’s the Role of Spatial Awareness in Visual Perception of Objects?

Mind and Language 22 (5):548–562 (2007)
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I set out two theses. The first is Lynn Robertson’s: (a) spatial awareness is a cause of object perception. A natural counterpoint is: (b) spatial awareness is a cause of your ability to make accurate verbal reports about a perceived object. Zenon Pylyshyn has criticized both. I argue that nonetheless, the burden of the evidence supports both (a) and (b). Finally, I argue conscious visual perception of an object has a different causal role to both: (i) non-conscious perception of the object, and (ii) experience, e.g. hallucination, that may be subjectively indiscriminable from, but is not, perception of the object.

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Reference and Consciousness.John Campbell - 2002 - Oxford, GB: Oxford University Press.
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