Perceptual Kinds as Supervening Sortals

Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 100 (1):174-201 (2018)
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It seems intuitive that in situations of perceptual recognition additional properties are represented. While much has been written about the significance of such properties for perceptual phenomenology, it is still unclear (a) what is the relation between recognition-based properties and lower-level perceptual properties, and (b) whether it is justified to classify them as kind-properties. Relying on results in cognitive psychology, I argue that recognition-based properties (I) are irreducible, high-level properties, (II) are kind properties by virtue of being sortal properties, but (III) they supervene on lower-level properties and so are unlikely to be natural kind properties.

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Błażej Skrzypulec
Jagiellonian University


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