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Philosophical Studies

pp 1–26

First Online: 11 July 2017

Abstract

I argue that we can see in a great many cases that run counter to common sense. We can literally see through mirrors, in just the same way that we literally see through our eyes. We can, likewise, literally see through photographs, shadows, and some paintings. Rather than starting with an analysis of seeing, I present a series of evolving thought experiments, arguing that in each case there is no relevant difference between it and the previous case regarding whether we see. In a sense, my arguments can be thought of as akin to the Extended Mind Hypothesis Clark and Chalmers 1998. But instead of arguing that our minds can extend into the world, I argue that our sensory organs can extend into the world. Among the things that emerge from this discussion are 1 that—contrary to Currie 1995 and Carroll 1996—seeing an object O doesn’t require being able to locate O with respect to yourself, 2 that—contrary to Sorensen 2008—we can see objects by seeing their shadows, and 3 that—contrary to Walton 1984—it doesn’t matter whether the causal relation between O and yourself is mediated by beliefs.

KeywordsSeeing Photography Perception Shadows  Download fulltext PDF



Autor: Helen Yetter-Chappell

Fuente: https://link.springer.com/



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