Perceptual Content Defended

Noûs 45 (4):714 - 750 (2011)
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Susanna Schellenberg
Rutgers University - New Brunswick
Abstract
Recently, the thesis that experience is fundamentally a matter of representing the world as being a certain way has been questioned by austere relationalists. I defend this thesis by developing a view of perceptual content that avoids their objections. I will argue that on a relational understanding of perceptual content, the fundamental insights of austere relationalism do not compete with perceptual experience being representational. As it will show that most objections to the thesis that experience has content apply only to accounts of perceptual content on which perceptual relations to the world play no explanatory role. With austere relationalists, I will argue that perceptual experience is fundamentally relational. But against austere relationalists, I will argue that it is fundamentally both relational and representational
Keywords Perceptual Content  Representationalism  Relationalism  Disjunctivism  Perceptual Relations
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DOI 10.1111/j.1468-0068.2010.00791.x
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