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Bálint's syndrome, object seeing, and spatial perception

French, Craig



Ordinary cases of object seeing involve the visual perception of space and spatial location. But does seeing an object require such spatial perception? An empirical challenge to the idea that it does comes from reflection upon Bálint's syndrome, for some suppose that in Bálint's syndrome subjects can see objects without seeing space or spatial location. In this article, I question whether the empirical evidence available to us adequately supports this understanding of Bálint's syndrome, and explain how the aforementioned empirical challenge can be resisted.


French, C. (in press). Bálint's syndrome, object seeing, and spatial perception. Mind and Language,

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 23, 2018
Online Publication Date May 17, 2018
Deposit Date May 31, 2018
Publicly Available Date May 18, 2020
Journal Mind & Language
Print ISSN 0268-1064
Electronic ISSN 1468-0017
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords Visual perception; Spatial perception; Bálint’s syndrome; Object seeing; Visual experience
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Additional Information This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: French C. Bálint's syndrome, object seeing, and spatial perception. Mind Lang. 2018. which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.


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