Perceptual Experience and the Capacity to Act

In N. Gangopadhay, M. Madary & F. Spicer (eds.), Perception, Action, and Consciousness. Oxford University Press. pp. 145 (2010)
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Susanna Schellenberg
Rutgers University - New Brunswick
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This paper develops and defends the capacity view, that is, the view that the ability to perceive the perspective-independent or intrinsic properties of objects depends on the perceiver’s capacity to act. More specifically, I argue that self-location and spatial know-how are jointly necessary to perceive the intrinsic spatial properties of objects. Representing one’s location allows one to abstract from one’s particular vantage point to perceive the perspective-independent properties of objects. Spatial know-how allows one to perceive objects as the kind of things that are perceivable from points of view other than one’s own and thus to perceive them as three-dimensional space occupiers.
Keywords Perception  Capacities  Space  Perspective  Allocentric Frames of Reference
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