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Seeing and Saying: The Language of Perception and the Representational View of Experience

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2019.06.02 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Berit Brogaard, Seeing and Saying: The Language of Perception and the Representational View of Experience, Oxford University Press, 2018, 205pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780190495251. Reviewed by Mohan Matthen, University of Toronto In this highly original and tightly argued monograph, Berit Brogaard argues that perceptual experience has representational content in more than a minimal sense. She argues for this by (1) analysing the grammatical structure of sentences in which the main verbs are those of appearance (‘seems,’ ‘appears’) and perception (‘looks,’ ‘sounds,’ ‘feels,’ etc.), (2) arguing that there is a semantically well-defined subset of these that describe phenomenal appearances, and (3) appealing to cognitive science to show that these visual experiences are representational in a non-trivial way. Brogaard sets the table by recounting the debate between naïve realism (NR), on which perception is direct unmediated contact with objects, and representationalism, which argues that the link to objects... Read More

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