Perceptual justification and assertively representing the world

Philosophical Studies 172 (8):2239-2259 (2015)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
This paper argues that there is a problem for the justificatory significance of perceptions that has been overlooked thus far. Assuming that perceptual experiences are propositional attitudes and that only propositional attitudes which assertively represent the world can function as justifiers, the problem consists in specifying what it means for a propositional attitude to assertively represent the world without losing the justificatory significance of perceptions—a challenge that is harder to meet than might first be thought. That there is such a problem can be seen by reconsidering and modifying a well-known argument to the conclusion that beliefs cannot be justified by perceptions but only by other beliefs. Nevertheless, the aim of the paper is not to conclude that perceptions are actually incapable of justifying our beliefs but rather to highlight an overlooked problem that needs to be solved in order to properly understand the justificatory relationship between perceptions and beliefs
PhilPapers/Archive ID
Upload history
Archival date: 2015-03-12
View other versions
Added to PP index

Total views
343 ( #17,468 of 2,433,540 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
10 ( #47,724 of 2,433,540 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks on external links on PhilPapers.