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Title
Perception and imagination : amodal perception as mental imagery
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Abstract
When we see an object, we also represent those parts of it that are not visible. The question is how we represent them: this is the problem of amodal perception. I will consider three possible accounts: (a) we see them, (b) we have non-perceptual beliefs about them and (c) we have immediate perceptual access to them, and point out that all of these views face both empirical and conceptual objections. I suggest and defend a fourth account, according to which we represent the occluded parts of perceived objects by means of mental imagery. This conclusion could be thought of as a (weak) version of the Strawsonian dictum, according to which imagination is a necessary ingredient of perception itself.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Philosophical studies: an international journal for philosophy in the analytic tradition. - Dordrecht
Publication
Dordrecht : 2010
ISSN
0031-8116
Volume/pages
150:2(2010), p. 239-254
ISI
000280821200004
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UAntwerpen
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Last edited 11.06.2017
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