Perception and the external world

Philosophical Studies 173 (4):1119-1145 (2016)
Declan Smithies
Ohio State University
In this paper, I argue that perception justifies belief about the external world in virtue of its phenomenal character together with its relations to the external world. But I argue that perceptual relations to the external world impact on the justifying role of perception only by virtue of their impact on its representational content. Epistemic level-bridging principles provide a principled rationale for avoiding more radically externalist theories of perceptual justification
Keywords Perception  Perceptual justification  Contents of perception  Epistemic internalism  Blindsight
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DOI 10.1007/s11098-015-0535-9
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