Open your eyes and look harder! (An investigation into the idea of a responsible visual search)

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Abstract

In this paper, I explore and defend the idea that we have epistemic responsibilities with respect to our visual searches, responsibilities that are far more fine-grained and interesting than the trivial responsibilities to keep our eyes open and "look hard." In order to have such responsibilities, we must be able to exert fine-grained and interesting forms of control over our visual searches. I present both an intuitive case and an empirical case for thinking that we do, in fact, have such forms of control over our visual searches. I then show how these forms of control can be used to aim the visual beliefs that result from our searches toward various epistemic goals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)409-430
Number of pages22
JournalSouthern Journal of Philosophy
Volume46
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

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