Recent Issues in High-Level Perception

Philosophy Compass 11 (12):851-862 (2016)
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Grace Helton
Princeton University
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Recently, several theorists have proposed that we can perceive a range of high-level features, including natural kind features (e.g., being a lemur), artifactual features (e.g., being a mandolin), and the emotional features of others (e.g., being surprised). I clarify the claim that we perceive high-level features and suggest one overlooked reason this claim matters: it would dramatically expand the range of actions perception-based theories of action might explain. I then describe the influential phenomenal contrast method of arguing for high-level perception and discuss some of the objections that have been raised against this strategy. Finally, I describe two emerging defenses of high-level perception, one of which appeals to a certain class of perceptual deficits and one of which appeals to adaptation effects. I sketch a challenge for the latter approach.
Keywords high-level perception  visual experience  phenomenal contrast method  perception-cognition divide  unilateral neglect  adaptation effects  gender perception  philosophy of action  feeling of familiarity  phenomenal unity
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DOI 10.1111/phc3.12383
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