Perception and the Reach of Phenomenal Content

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Summary: The phenomenal character of perceptual experience involves the representation of colour, shape and motion. Does it also involve the representation of high-level categories? Is the recognition of a tomato as a tomato contained within perceptual phenomenality? Proponents of a conservative view of the reach of phenomenal content say 'No', whereas those who take a liberal view of perceptual phenomenality say 'Yes'. I clarify the debate between conservatives and liberals, and argue in favour of the liberal view that high-level content can directly inform the phenomenal character of perception.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Admissible Contents of Experience
EditorsKatherine Hawley, Fiona Macpherson
Place of PublicationWest Sussex UK
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9781444333350
Publication statusPublished - 14 Oct 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • High-level content
  • Perceptual experience
  • Perceptual phenomenality
  • Phenomenal properties
  • Visual experience

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