Does Visual Spatial Awareness Require the Visual Awareness of Space?

Mind and Language 27 (3):308-329 (2012)
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John Schwenkler
Florida State University
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Many philosophers have held that it is not possible to experience a spatial object, property, or relation except against the background of an intact awareness of a space that is somehow ‘absolute’. This paper challenges that claim, by analyzing in detail the case of a brain-damaged subject whose visual experiences seem to have violated this condition: spatial objects and properties were present in his visual experience, but space itself was not. I go on to suggest that phenomenological argumentation can give us a kind of evidence about the nature of the mind even if this evidence is not absolutely incorrigible
Keywords perception  visual perception  spatial awareness  Kant, Immanuel  phenomenology  Balint's syndrome
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DOI 10.1111/j.1468-0017.2012.01446.x
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