Hume's Table, Peacocke's Trees, the Tilted Penny and the Reversed Seeing-in Account

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Abstract

In seeing a tilted penny, we are experientially aware of both its circularity and another shape, which I dub ‘β-ellipticality’. Some claim that our experiential awareness of the intrinsic shapes/sizes of everyday objects depends upon our experiential awareness of β-shapes/β-sizes. In contrast, I maintain that β-property experiences are the result of what Richard Wollheim calls ‘seeing-in’, but run in reverse: instead of seeing a three-dimensional object in a flat surface, we see a flat surface in a three-dimensional object. Using this new account, I re-examine the phenomenological directness of visual experience and undermine an argument for skepticism about β-property experiences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)209-230
Number of pages22
JournalMind and Language
Volume32
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2017

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