|Dorsch, Fabian (2011): Visualising As Imagining Seeing. XXII. Deutscher Kongress für Philosophie, 11. - 15. September 2011, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.|
In this paper, I would like to put forward the claim that, at least in some central cases, visualising consists literally in imagining seeing. The first section of my paper is concerned with a defence of the specific argument for this claim that M. G. F. Martin presents in his paper 'The Transparency of Experience' (Martin 2002). This argument has been often misunderstood (or ignored), and it is worthwhile to discuss it in detail and to illustrate what its precise nature is and why I take it to be sound. In the second section, I present a second and independent argument for the claim that visualising is imagining seeing, which is not to be found in Martin's writings, despite some crucial similarities with his own argument ‒ notably in the focus on the subjective aspects of visual experience. The last section deals with a particular objection to the idea that imagining takes perception as its direct object and says a bit more about how best to understand this claim.
|Item Type:||Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)|
|Keywords:||experience visualising imagination imagining perception seeing disjunctivism intentionalism Martin Burge Nordhoof|
|Collections:||Philosophy, Philosophy of Science and Religious Science > XXII. German Congress of Philosophy|
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science and Religious Science > XXII. German Congress of Philosophy > Philosophy of Mind
|Subjects:||100 Philosophy and Psychology > 110 Metaphysics|
100 Philosophy and Psychology > 120 Epistemology
100 Philosophy and Psychology > 150 Psychology
|Deposited On:||03. Feb 2012 09:18|
|Last Modified:||11. Feb 2015 19:54|
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