Perception and the reach of phenomenal content

Tim Bayne*

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The phenomenal character of perceptual experience involves the representation of colour, shape and motion. Does it also involve the representation of high-level categories? Is the recognition of a tomato as a tomato contained within perceptual phenomenality? Proponents of a conservative view of the reach of phenomenal content say 'No', whereas those who take a liberal view of perceptual phenomenality say 'Yes'. I clarify the debate between conservatives and liberals, and argue in favour of the liberal view that high-level content can directly inform the phenomenal character of perception.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)385-404
Number of pages20
JournalThe Philosophical Quarterly
Issue number236
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2009
Externally publishedYes
EventThe Admissible Contents of Experience Conference - University of Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 20 Mar 200722 Mar 2007


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