Pictures, Parables, Paradoxes
Seemings: Sensory and Intellectual
Visual states present the world as being a certain way – that is to say, they have a propositional content, and a phenomenology, which contribute to their making it seem as though the world is a certain way. When I see that the cat is on the mat I enjoy a visual state that presents the world as being one in which the cat is on the mat.2
In the bad old days, many philosophers thought that all that was really presented in perception were sense data – a distribution of mind-dependent colours and shapes. From this we were said to infer that there was a cat on a mat, an inference to the best explanation of the presentation of these sense data.
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