The woman in the painting and the image in the penny: An investigation of phenomenological doubleness, seeing-in, and "reversed seeing-in"

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Abstract

The experience of looking at a tilted penny involves a " phenomenological doubleness" in that it simultaneously seems to be of something circular and of something elliptical. In this paper, I investigate the phenomenological doubleness of this experience by comparing it to another case of phenomenological doubleness - the phenomenological doubleness of seeing an object in a painting. I begin by pointing out some striking similarities between the phenomenological characters of these two experiences. I then argue that these phenomenological characters have a common explanation. More specifically, I argue that the psychological mechanism that explains the phenomenological doubleness of the experience of seeing an object in a painting can be extended to also explain the phenomenological doubleness of the experience of seeing a tilted penny.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)329-341
Number of pages13
JournalPhilosophical Studies
Volume139
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Elliptical penny
  • Epistemology
  • Kendall Walton
  • Perception
  • Seeing-in

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