In Thomas Baldwin (ed.), Philosophical Topics. Routledge. pp. 107-128 (1999)

Sean Kelly
Harvard University
1. The philosophical problem of what we see My topic revolves around what is apparently a very basic question. Stripped of all additions and in its leanest, most economical form, this is the question: "What do we see?" But in this most basic form the question admits of at least three different interpretations. In the first place, one might understand it to be an epistemological question, perhaps one with skeptical overtones. "What do we see?", on this reading, is short for something like "What things in the world are we justified in believing we see, given the possibility of evil demon scenarios and all the other impedimenta to genuine sight that have become the working tools of epistemologists over the last 350 years?" I shall not be concerned with the question in this skeptical sense. I intend the parenthetical addition to the question, "What do we see (when we do)?", along with the bald-faced assumption that the condition so specified at least sometimes obtains, to rule out discussion along these sorts of epistemological lines, at least for the purposes of this paper. Whether or not this condition in fact obtains, of course, will not effect the position I’m defending.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
Reprint years 2007
Buy the book Find it on
DOI 10.5840/philtopics19992726
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 57,077
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Against Egalitarianism.Benj Hellie - 2013 - Analysis 73 (2):304-320.
Merleau-Ponty on Style as the Key to Perceptual Presence and Constancy.Samantha Matherne - 2017 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 55 (4):693-727.
Visual Awareness of Properties.Matthew J. Kennedy - 2007 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 75 (2):298–325.
Perception and Virtue Reliabilism.Jack C. Lyons - 2009 - Acta Analytica 24 (4):249-261.
Observational Concepts and Experience.Ivan V. Ivanov - 2016 - Dissertation, University of Warwick

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Introspection and Inference.Nicholas Silins - 2013 - Philosophical Studies 163 (2):291-315.
On the Possibility of Skeptical Scenarios.Peter Kung - 2011 - European Journal of Philosophy 19 (3):387-407.
Simples.Ned Markosian - 1998 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 76 (2):213 – 228.
The Fundamental Question.Arthur Witherall - 2001 - Journal of Philosophical Research 26:53-87.
Self-Knowledge and Rationality.Thomas Spitzley - 2009 - Erkenntnis 71 (1):73 - 88.
Luminosity Regained.Selim Berker - 2008 - Philosophers' Imprint 8:1-22.


Added to PP index

Total views
265 ( #31,727 of 2,411,494 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
3 ( #244,543 of 2,411,494 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes