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Naive realism and the cognitive penetrability of perception

Naive realism and the cognitive penetrability of perception
Naive realism and the cognitive penetrability of perception
Perceptual experience has representational content. My argument for this claim is an inference to the best explanation. The explanandum is cognitive penetration. In cognitive penetration, perceptual experiences are either causally influenced, or else are partially constituted, by mental states that are representational, including: mental imagery, beliefs, concepts and memories. If perceptual experiences have representational content, then there is a background condition for cognitive penetration that renders the phenomenon prima facie intelligible. Naïve realist or purely relational accounts of perception leave cognitive penetration less well-explained, even when formulated with so-called ‘standpoints’ or ‘third relata.’
2153-9596
391-412
Cavedon-Taylor, Dan
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Cavedon-Taylor, Dan
23ff735a-7f44-437f-9f42-d2002cf8de8a

Cavedon-Taylor, Dan (2018) Naive realism and the cognitive penetrability of perception. Analytic Philosophy, 59 (3), 391-412. (doi:10.1111/phib.12131).

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Perceptual experience has representational content. My argument for this claim is an inference to the best explanation. The explanandum is cognitive penetration. In cognitive penetration, perceptual experiences are either causally influenced, or else are partially constituted, by mental states that are representational, including: mental imagery, beliefs, concepts and memories. If perceptual experiences have representational content, then there is a background condition for cognitive penetration that renders the phenomenon prima facie intelligible. Naïve realist or purely relational accounts of perception leave cognitive penetration less well-explained, even when formulated with so-called ‘standpoints’ or ‘third relata.’

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Accepted/In Press date: 22 August 2017
e-pub ahead of print date: 28 September 2018
Published date: September 2018

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URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/414248
ISSN: 2153-9596
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Last modified: 13 Mar 2019 19:29

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