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Perceptual science and the nature of perception

Buccella, Alessandra (2022) Perceptual science and the nature of perception. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 37 (2). pp. 149-162. ISSN 2171-679X

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Abstract

Can philosophical theories of perception defer to perceptual science when fixing their ontological commitments regarding the objects of perception? Or in other words, can perceptual science inform us about the nature of perception? Many contemporary mainstream philosophers of perception answer affirmatively. However, in this essay I provide two arguments against this idea. On the one hand, I will argue that perceptual science is not committed to certain assumptions, relevant for determining perceptual ontology, which however are generally relied upon by philosophers when interpreting such science. On the other hand, I will show how perceptual science often relies on another assumption, which I call the ‘Measuring instrument conception’ of sensory systems, which philosophers of perception should clearly reject. Given these two symmetric lines of argument, I will finally suggest that we ought to think differently about the relationship between perceptual science and the philosophy of perception.


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Buccella, Alessandrabuccella@chapman.edu0000-0001-6807-7061
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: perceptual science; perception; ontology; content; measurement
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Explanation
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Perception
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email theoria@ehu.es
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2022 03:42
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2022 03:42
Item ID: 20988
Journal or Publication Title: THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
Publisher: Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
Official URL: https://ojs.ehu.eus/index.php/THEORIA/article/view...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1387/theoria.22650
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
General Issues > Explanation
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Perception
Date: May 2022
Page Range: pp. 149-162
Volume: 37
Number: 2
ISSN: 2171-679X
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20988

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