Oslo Mind Group Seminar: Keith Wilson, Perspectival Realism

We will be discussing a draft of ‘Perspectival Realism: The Perspectival Character of Perceptual Experience’ by Keith Wilson.

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Abstract: Perception is characteristically an experience of how the world is here and now, from our particular embodied perspective. Consequently, when our perspective upon the world varies, it affects the qualitative or phenomenal character of experience. How are we to explain such variations? In this paper I examine how two leading views of the metaphysics of experience—intentionalism and Naïve Realism—account for the perception of perspectival features, such as relative spatial location, perspectival shape, lighting and other environmental conditions. In both cases, I argue, the resulting explanation fails to capture the distinctive contribution of perspectival features to the phenomenal character of experience. I then sketch an alternative view—perspectival realism, or perspectivalism for short—that develops some of Naïve Realism’s key insights to provide an intuitive and explanatorily adequate account of perceptual perspective and variation.

Note: this ‘read-ahead’ seminar will take place via Zoom.

A copy of the paper for discussion will be made available in advance via the Oslo Mind Group Team, which is open to all University of Oslo members, or is available by request from the organizer (see below) for non-UiO users. All are welcome to attend.


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Published Jan. 6, 2021 3:28 PM - Last modified Jan. 13, 2021 9:36 AM