Perceptual Expertise, Universality, and Objectivity

Philosophical Studies (2023)
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Abstract

Perceptual malleability and diversity can stem from perceptual learning, expertise, genetics, disease, or accident. Perceptual malleability and diversity force us to reject the claim that perceptual capacities, perceptual experience, and perceptual content are universal across subjects and times. And it casts doubt on the presumption of a universal human perceptual nature. However, it does not directly challenge perceptual objectivity, understood as the claim that one can perceive a world of things and features that are independent from oneself and one's experiences and that could be perceived by other subjects.

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Casey O'Callaghan
Washington University in St. Louis

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