Trompe l'oeil and the dorsal/ventral account of picture perception
Faculty of Arts. Philosophy
Review of philosophy and psychology. - Dordrecht, 2010, currens
, p. 181-197
University of Antwerp
While there has been a lot of discussion of picture perception both in perceptual psychology and in philosophy, these discussions are driven by very different background assumptions. Nonetheless, it would be mutually beneficial to arrive at an understanding of picture perception that is informed by both the philosophers and the psychologists story. The aim of this paper is exactly this: to give an account of picture perception that is valid both as a philosophical and as a psychological account. I argue that seeing trompe loeil paintings is, just as some philosophers suggested, different from other cases of picture perception. Further, the way our perceptual system functions when seeing trompe loeil paintings could be an important piece of the psychological explanation of perceiving pictures.