Perception and the Reach of Phenomenal Content

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Abstract

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
PublisherWiley-Blackwell
Pages16-35
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9781444333350
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Oct 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

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

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