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William E. S. McNeill
University of Southampton
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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
Keywords object seeing  visual differentation  visual perception  causal theory of perception  silhouettes  surfaces
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DOI 10.1111/phpr.12166
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