Synthese 198 (4) (2019)

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Mohan Matthen
University of Toronto, Mississauga
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Two questions are addressed in this paper. First, what is it to see? I argue that it is veridical experience of things outside the perceiver brought about by looking. Second, what is it to see a material object? I argue that it is experience of an occupant of a spatial region that is a logical subject for other visual features, able to move to another spatial region, to change intrinsically, and to interact with other material objects. I show how this theory is different from the idea that object-seeing is merely the visual segregation of a region of the visual field. Finally, I argue that we do not object-see objects reflected in mirrors, surfaces of back-lit objects, and depictions of objects.
Keywords Seeing  Object perception  Gestalt theory  Causal theory of perception  Spatial perception  Active perception  Sense data  Philosophy of perception  Visual segregation
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DOI 10.1007/s11229-019-02279-6
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Sense and Sensibilia.J. L. AUSTIN - 1962 - Oxford University Press.
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