Philosophical Psychology 33 (5):731-751 (2020)

Alon Chasid
Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan
Assaf Weksler
University of Haifa
A commonly-discussed feature of perceptual experience is that it has ‘assertoric’ or ‘phenomenal’ force. We will start by discussing various descriptions of the assertoricity of perceptual experience. We will then adopt a minimal characterization of assertoricity: a perceptual experience has assertoric force just in case it inclines the perceiver to believe its content. Adducing cases that show that visual experience is not always assertoric, we will argue that what renders these visual experiences non-assertoric is that they are penetrated by belief-like imaginings. Lastly, we will explain why it is that when belief-like imaginings—as opposed to beliefs (and other cognitive states)—penetrate visual experience, they render visual experiences non-assertoric.
Keywords perceptual assertoricity  belief-like imaginings  perceptual experience
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DOI 10.1080/09515089.2020.1751104
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