The particularity and phenomenology of perceptual experience

Philosophical Studies 149 (1):19-48 (2010)

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Susanna Schellenberg
Rutgers University - New Brunswick
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I argue that any account of perceptual experience should satisfy the following two desiderata. First, it should account for the particularity of perceptual experience, that is, it should account for the mind-independent object of an experience making a difference to individuating the experience. Second, it should explain the possibility that perceptual relations to distinct environments could yield subjectively indistinguishable experiences. Relational views of perceptual experience can easily satisfy the first but not the second desideratum. Representational views can easily satisfy the second but not the first desideratum. I argue that to satisfy both desiderata perceptual experience is best conceived of as fundamentally both relational and representational. I develop a view of perceptual experience that synthesizes the virtues of relationalism and representationalism, by arguing that perceptual content is constituted by potentially gappy de re modes of presentation.
Keywords Perception  Hallucination  Phenomenal Character  Perceptual Particularity  Representationalism  Relationalism  Naive Realism  Disjunctivism
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DOI 10.1007/s11098-010-9540-1
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