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The Object View of Perception

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215–227
Number of pages13
JournalTopoi-An International Review Of Philosophy
Issue number2
Early online date18 Feb 2015
Accepted/In press18 Feb 2015
E-pub ahead of print18 Feb 2015
Published30 Jun 2017



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We perceive a world of mind-independent macroscopic material objects such as stones, tables, trees, and animals. Our experience is the joint upshot of the way these things are and our route through them, along with the various relevant circumstances of perception; and it depends on the normal operation of our perceptual systems. How should we characterise our perceptual experience so as to respect its basis and explain its role in grounding empirical thought and knowledge? I offered an answer to this question in Perception and its objects (Brewer 2011). Here I aim to clarify some of my central arguments and to develop and defend the position further in the light of subsequent critical discussion.

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