Title
Perception and imagination : amodal perception as mental imagery Perception and imagination : amodal perception as mental imagery
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Arts. Philosophy
Publication type
article
Publication
Dordrecht ,
Subject
Philosophy
Source (journal)
Philosophical studies: an international journal for philosophy in the analytic tradition. - Dordrecht
Volume/pages
150(2010) :2 , p. 239-254
ISSN
0031-8116
ISI
000280821200004
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
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.
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