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Illusory Looks

CEU building
Thursday, October 17, 2019, 3:30 pm – 5:10 pm

I have defended a non-standard version of intentionalism about perceptual experience, according to which (visual) experiences are beliefs, but have contents — so-called looks-contents — that very rarely are false. In this talk, I shall develop this view further, in particular, I shall work out in detail how it can account for non-veridical experience. Just like some of today's relationalists or disjunctivists, I think that error and misrepresentation typically are a matter, not of experience, but of belief or judgment downstream from experience. Nevertheless, the distinction between veridical and non-veridical experience can be preserved where it intuitively belongs: Illusions can be characterized in terms of misleadingness.

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