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Vision, Action, and Make-Perceive

By Professor Robert Briscoe

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In this paper, I critically assess the enactive account of visual perception recently defended by Alva Noë (2004). I argue inter alia that the enactive account falsely identifies an object’s apparent shape with its 2D perspectival shape; that it mistakenly assimilates visual shape perception and volumetric object recognition; and that it seriously misrepresents the constitutive role of bodily action in visual awareness. I argue further that noticing an object’s perspectival shape involves a hybrid experience combining both perceptual and imaginative elements – an act of what I call ‘make-perceive.

Topics: Philosophy of Mind, Animal Cognition, Perceptual Cognitive Psychology, Neuropsychology
Publisher: Blackwell
Year: 2008
OAI identifier: oai:cogprints.org:5781
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