Phenomenal Experiences, First-Person Methods, and the Artificiality of Experimental Data

Philosophy of Science 81 (5):927-939 (2014)
Uljana Feest
Universität Hannover
This paper argues that whereas philosophical discussions of first-person methods often turn on the veridicality of first-person reports, more attention should be paid to the experimental circumstances under which the reports are generated, and to the purposes of designing such experiments. After pointing to the ‘constructedness’ of first-person reports in the science of perception, I raise questions about the criteria by which to judge whether the reports illuminate something about the nature of perception. I illustrate this point with a historical debate between Gestalt psychologist and atomists, both of whom used first-person methods to investigate perception.
Keywords first person methods  epistemology of experimentation  philosophy of psychology
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ISBN(s) 00318248, 1539767X  
DOI 10.1086/677689
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