How Judgments of Visual Resemblance are Induced by Visual Experience

Journal of Consciousness Studies 28 (11-12):54-76 (2021)
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Judgments of visual resemblance (‘A looks like B’), unlike other judgments of resemblance, are often induced directly by visual experience. What is the nature of this experience? We argue that the visual experience that prompts a subject looking at A to judge that A looks like B is a visual experience of B. After elucidating this thesis, we defend it, using the ‘phenomenal contrast’ method. Comparing our account to competing accounts, we show that the phenomenal contrast between a visual experience that induces the judgment that A looks like B, and a visual experience that does not induce this judgment, is best explained by the fact that the former visually represents B, whereas the latter does not.

Author Profiles

Alon Chasid
Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan
Alik Pelman
Technion, Israel Institute of Technology


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