Title
Do we see apples as edible? Do we see apples as edible?
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Arts. Philosophy
Publication type
article
Publication
Subject
Philosophy
Source (journal)
Pacific philosophical quarterly
Volume/pages
92(2011) :3 , p. 305-322
ISSN
0031-5621
ISI
000293563100002
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Do we (sometimes) perceive apples as edible? One could argue that it is just a manner of speaking to say so: we do not really see an object as edible, we see it as having certain shape, size and color and we only infer on the basis of these properties that it is. I argue that we do indeed see objects as edible, and do not just believe that they are. My argument proceeds in two steps. First, I point out that Susanna Siegel's influential argument in favor of the claim that we represent sortal properties perceptually does not work. Second, I argue that we can fix this argument if we replace the sortal property in question with the property of being edible, climbable or Q-able in general.
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