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Object seeing and spatial perception

French, Craig

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Fiona Macpherson
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Fabian Dorsch
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Abstract

This chapter considers the Spatiality Claim: if one sees an object then one sees some of that object’s spatial properties. The author considers an argument for this given by Cassam (2007), and challenges Cassam’s argument. His argument involves the idea, inspired by Dretske (1969), that seeing an object requires visual differentiation. But, it is argued here, there are prima facie counter-examples to the visual differentiation condition. Next, the author discusses the Spatiality Claim directly, and defends it against potential counter-examples which come from reflection on empirical cases where subjects can see objects yet have some sort of spatial perception deficit. One theme that emerges is that insofar as versions of the Spatiality Claim are defensible, we should focus on the relatively determinable spatial properties of objects and our perception of such properties.

Citation

French, C. (2018). Object seeing and spatial perception. In F. Dorsch, & F. Macpherson (Eds.), Phenomenal Presence. Oxford: Oxford University Press (OUP). https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780199666416.003.0006

Acceptance Date Oct 23, 2016
Online Publication Date Jun 21, 2018
Publication Date 2018
Deposit Date Dec 1, 2016
Publicly Available Date Jun 22, 2020
Publisher Oxford University Press (OUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Book Title Phenomenal Presence
Chapter Number 6
ISBN 9780199666416
DOI https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780199666416.003.0006
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/39115
Publisher URL https://oxford.universitypressscholarship.com/view/10.1093/oso/9780199666416.001.0001/oso-9780199666416-chapter-6
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/end_user_agreement.pdf

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