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The real epistemic significance of perceptual learning
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In The Epistemic Significance of Perceptual Learning' (this issue) Elijah Chudnoff argues that cases from perceptual learning show that perception not only generates reasons for beliefs but also preserves those reasons over time in perceptual learning cases. In this paper, we dispute the idea that perceptual learning enables the preservation of perceptual reasons. We then argue for an alternative view, viz. the view that perceptual learning is epistemically significant insofar as it modifies our perceptual system in such a way as to make us capable of perceiving subtle low-level properties (e.g. lightness) and high-level properties (e.g. chess configurations). Acquiring the capacity to perceive these properties is what enables us to achieve expertise in a variety of subject matters (e.g. chicken sexing, chess playing, language fluency). Along the way, we argue against two main points in Chudnoff's paper. The first is that, pace Chudnoff, perceptual learning does not result in the acquisition of new facts. It only results in the acquisition of a new perceptual capacity. The second is that experiences resulting from perceptual learning can always serve as immediate justifiers of beliefs and hence do not need supporting background information in order to serve as reasons.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Inquiry : an interdisciplinary journal of philosophy. - Oslo
Publication
Oslo : 2018
ISSN
0020-174X
Volume/pages
61 :5-6 (2018) , p. 543-558
ISI
000434400500005
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Creation 10.07.2018
Last edited 15.10.2021
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