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Objects and the Explanation of Perception

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIn the Light of Experience
Subtitle of host publicationEssays on Reasons and Perception
EditorsJ. Gersel, R. T. Jensen, M. S. Thanning, S. Overgaard
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780198809630
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jun 2018

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Persisting macroscopic material objects play a fundamental role in our commonsense understanding of the world around us, and this is central to our appreciation of their status as mind-independent things. I offer a characterization of one central aspect of this explanatory role and elaborate a conception of such objects themselves that I argue is essential to their playing it. I conclude that the objects that play this fundamental explanatory role meet the conception that I elaborate. The material objects that we encounter in perception are evidently independent of our perceptions of them; and, as such, they conform to what I call the Natural Continuants View.

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