Are there mental inferences in direct perceptions?

American Philosophical Quarterly 19 (January):83-92 (1982)
While there is virtually a consensus among contemporary philosophers of perception that some form of direct realism is true, there is less than complete agreement about whether normal, direct perceptions involve mental inferences in any sense. In taking another look at this recurrent question, my aim is twofold: first, to examine some of the arguments and evidences that have been offered in favor of inferences and to see if they can be accommodated within the direct realist framework, and second, to attempt to clarify and defend the insight of direct realism that normal perceptions are noninferential
Keywords Cognition  Epistemology  Inference  Perception  Psychology  Realism
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