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Prof. Jessie Munton (Cambridge)

Thursday, April 28, 2022, 03:00pm - 05:00pm

Jessie Munton (University of Cambridge) "Seeing things as they are is seeing things as they could be”


What is it to see something as an object? What changes when you switch between seeing something as object and seeing it as ground in bi-stable representations? I offer a novel account of visual objects as bundles of modal properties. I argue that modal property perception of the right kind is constitutive of visual object perception. A significant upshot of this approach is that our visual experience represents not just the actual but also the possible: we can see a range of modal properties, and doing so is an essential part of object perception. I argue that the claim we can see modal properties is made plausible by a range of other evidence in vision science and consider some sources of resistance to it.

Location Philosophy Dept. Seminar Room + Zoom
Reception to follow