The Visual Role of Objects' Facing Surfaces

Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 92 (2):411-431 (2016)
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Abstract

It is often assumed that when we see common opaque objects in standard light this is in virtue of seeing their facing surfaces. Here I argue that we should reject that claim. Either we don't see objects' facing surfaces, or—if we hold on to the claim that we do see such things—it is at least not in virtue of seeing them that we see common opaque objects. I end by showing how this conclusion squares both with our intuitions and with the facts of vision science

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William E. S. McNeill
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