Acta Analytica 36 (3):393-408 (2021)

Neil Mehta
Yale-NUS College
In this paper, I offer a new argument for the perceptual rationality thesis: the claim that perceptual experiences themselves can be rational or irrational. In her book The Rationality of Perception, Susanna Siegel has offered several intertwined arguments for this same thesis, and, as you will see, one of Siegel’s arguments is what inspires my own. However, I will suggest that the new argument is significantly better-supported than Siegel’s original argument.
Keywords rationality of perception  Susanna Siegel  perceptual categorization
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DOI 10.1007/s12136-020-00451-z
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