The mystery of direct perceptual justification

Philosophical Studies 126 (3):347-373 (2005)

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Peter Markie
University of Missouri, Columbia
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In at least some cases of justified perceptual belief, our perceptual experience itself, as opposed to beliefs about it, evidences and thereby justifies our belief. While the phenomenon is common, it is also mysterious. There are good reasons to think that perceptions cannot justify beliefs directly, and there is a significant challenge in explaining how they do. After explaining just how direct perceptual justification is mysterious, I considerMichael Huemers (Skepticism and the Veil of Perception, 2001) and Bill Brewers (Perception and Reason, 1999) recent, but radically different, attempts to eliminate it. I argue that both are unsuccessful, though a consideration of their mistakes deepens our appreciation of the mystery
Keywords Belief  Direct  Epistemology  Justification  Perception  Brewer, Bill  Huemer, Michael
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DOI 10.1007/s11098-004-7795-0
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