Perception as Controlled Hallucination

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“Perception is controlled hallucination,” according to certain proponents of predictive processing accounts of vision. I say they are right that something like this is a consequence of their view but wrong in how they have developed the idea. In this paper I advance my own analysis. In the process, I argue that the causal theory of perception should be understood in terms of a productive concept of causation, as opposed to a difference-making concept. On my view, predictive processing accounts entail that various putative instances of successful perception are instead cases of veridical hallucination because they do not satisfy the causal condition on perception, understood productively.
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