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How does the direct realist explain perception without sense-data?

How can one perceive a table without just receiving the light on your retinas, the sense data, and then associating the colours with 'table-hood'? What does it mean to perceive a table rather than to ...
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What do panpsychists think a rock’s consciousness is like?

There is a problem with panpsychism that I haven't seen discussed in the literature, so I was wondering if anyone could give me pointers to discussions of it. For purposes of this question, I ...
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Is something physical if and only if we can perceive it (directly or indirectly) with our bodily senses?

What is the relationship between the physical and our senses? If something is physical, must it necessarily be the case that we should be able to perceive it, at least in principle, directly with our ...
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To what extent are reasoning and arguments essential to bridge the gap from sense perception to the belief in an external world?

Let A denote the set of sense perceptions of a conscious being, and let B represent that conscious being's belief in the existence of an external world. Sense perceptions include sight, hearing, touch,...
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Unperceived Existence

My daughter is at university reading neuroscience. One of her modules this year is philosophy and she is struggling with this question. "Do we infer the unperceived existence of what we perceive ...
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How do philosophers understand intelligence? [duplicate]

How do philosophers treat the problem of defining intelligence? In particular, scientific, sociological and psychological contexts seem to picture intelligence in different ways. Do we have blindspots ...
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Why do I have the perception of a chair (or other objects) ? - first person experience question

I'm asking variations of this question (in discussions elsewhere). Some people seem to get what I mean, and say "I think that important etc etc but I do not know the answer" and others say &...
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physio-philosophical view of the phenomenon/appearance/representation

This is somewhat a scientific question, but I presume a philosopher could have some interesting spin, or even an answer and be better fit for the question. Why do we have a subjective perception of a ...
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Deeply exploring the idea of subjective experience (question)

Imagine that you feel a burning pain. Let's ask the question from the start, and develop some context afterwards: Is it possible that what we call conscious feeling of burning and pain, just don't ...
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Did Berkeley change his mind on his latest work "Siris" (1774)?

While studying Bishop Berkeley in depth I have faced some interesting arguments regarding his philosophy is shifted and changed on his later life. The main source of this argument is from his not ...
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What is the most accurate and accepted philosophy of perception in 21st century?

The philosophy of perception is concerned with the nature of perceptual experience and the status of perceptual data, in particular how they relate to beliefs about, or knowledge of, the world. https:/...
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Is the speciousness of the specious present specious?

The text book analysis of the idea that our experience might extend in time is given below: "...what we perceive, we perceive as present—as going on right now. Can we perceive a relation between ...
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Does the use of senses require any knowledge about what is sensed? [closed]

Does the use of any sense (hearing, sight, pitch, proprioception, heat/cold, pain) require any knowledge about what is sensed in order to be used effectively? I phrased this poorly. I really mean &...
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Along the lines of the concept of the inverted spectrum, can it be that musical pitch perception varies as well in an analogous fashion?

Imagine hearing your favorite song from the point of view of a dog. Dogs perceive all sounds as being at a far lower pitch than we do. If you could hear what you sound like to a dog you'd find that ...
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Common sense and belief in the existence of other minds

Does our common sense believe that other people have minds because it is useful (just agnosticism and pragmatism), or because our common sense really has good reasons to believe that other people have ...
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If I am holding a pen in my hand and I am not writing with it, am I using it?

I believe that the concept of dualism exists throughout the universe. For every word, phrase, object, and thing in the universe there is a positive and a negative state. For example - up/down, in/out, ...
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Is there a level at which energy and matter are indistinguishable?; viz. can space exist without perception?

My larger question is this: "Can (physical) space exist without perception?" I'm especially interested in a smaller question that I believe addresses the larger question, which is: "Is ...
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Are brains geometrically equivalent to three-dimensional Venn diagrams?

I had a coworker who was kind of obsessed with Christopher Langan's supposed "theory of everything," and one article of evidence he introduced was his thought that the way our eyes are ...
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Classifications of experience [closed]

By experience, I mean all the content that I receive, which I have sub-divided into three categories: Percepts, the content corresponding to the different senses (sight, hearing, olfaction, taste, ...
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Within scholastics, how does animals' perception work, when compared to humans' apprehension of universals?

In the study of scholastic philosophy, I'm struggling with this question for a while: It seems like dogs do know what dogs are. Aquinas states that animals have perception, capable of complex ...
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Are perceptual arguments convincing and good?

Are the perceptual arguments for the existence of other minds convincing and good? https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/other-minds/#PercKnowOtheMind https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/other-minds/#...
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Why is it that as one is not presented with the ordinary object in an illusion, the same account holds for veridical experience?

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy contains the following interpretation of the Argument of Illusion in the context of the problem of perception: In an illusion, it seems to S that something has ...
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Is there any good argument that time moves?

We all experience that time moves, and most people just assume that it is the truth. However, I see no solid ground behind it, since our perception would not change if it does. Our perception of ...
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What is the difference between Qualia theory, Sense-datum theory and Representationalism?

According to survey from 2020 Representationalism has the most supporters, Qualia theory not so much and Sense-datum has only 5%. All of these theories can be classified as Indirect realism as far as ...
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Is everything understood (semantics) within a language and is perception the first language?

And are all languages (math, set theory, whistling, English, Chinese, etc) somewhat inter-translatable? I'm sorry for the broad/overreaching question. Is this something some philosophers agree on, ...
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Math, semantic meaning, and human senses as ungrounded

(1) Let's say I understand how one section of math behaves, maybe the natural numbers, and all of math is connected such that any one section of math can be interchanged for any other (my naive, ...
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Can time slow down when you are traveling to or exploring a historic destination? [closed]

There is an old saying, "Time waits for no one". While the phrase is rather elementary sounding, its meaning is actually quite profound. The phrase is essentially saying that the presence of ...
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Views on the Implications of Temporal Subjectivity upon Shared Experience

With notions of subjective time (i.e. time as empirically inert) like those put forward by Berkeley, Hume, Leibniz and Kant, is there anything out there which speculates on the potential for a varied ...
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Is Searle mislabeling his position on perception as "direct realism" when it's really intentionalism? Or are there non-realist intentionalists?

Having given Searle's 2015 book (Seeing things as the are) a quick read, to me he seems like he's really (mostly) espousing intentionalism but he calls his position "direct realism". He ...
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Did David Hume ever express the concept of "compresence" personally?

In David Hume's "A Treatise of Human Nature", Hume introduces the concept of "bundle theory". Bundle theory is the idea that the identity of objects (or selves) is defined by ...
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Is perspective a human limitation or a property of reality? [closed]

This might be an unremarkable observation but the further away someone is to an object the smaller it becomes and vice-versa. From an evolutionary standpoint it doesn't seem to be any type of benefit ...
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What's the closest predecessor to this statement by C.S Peirce?

Peirce wrote the following: if one exerts certain kinds of volition, one will undergo inreturn certain compulsory perceptions (CP 5.9) I suppose it resembles Compte's "theory guides what ...
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Is this a metaphysical belief, and if so what's it called?

Perceptual objects have no particular essence, except for having an indeterminate essence, so that some and only some properties can fulfil that role, and those properties are always general, ...
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Is there some philosophy that says we should see the world as a bad place first?

I found this to be somewhat true: think of the world as a bad place, or dystopia, and then you will see good things and good things, as they are unexpected. See the world in which people are decent, ...
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Why do people not perceive, when lying, that people may use it against them? [closed]

I watched Secret Devs and in there was an issue about faking insanity to find out, whether the suicide of her boyfriend was faked or real. It made me come to the conclusion, that people are unable to ...
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Is color gradience continuous?

Growing up, I used a lot of image editors or clipart game producers that gave you the option to vary a color over its gradient. Now computers process things discretely enough, so the gradient would be ...
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How does Kant substantiate the noumenal world? [duplicate]

This is a new idea for me and I have struggled understanding Kant. How does Kant substantiate the noumenal world? ..Also, is their an online text or online video someone can reference me to that ...
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Could space be just our perceived reality instead of the true nature of the universe? [duplicate]

We've proven that color is a subjective experience. So we know that the outside world does not look like anything at all. All the events happening in the outside world do not look like anything. But ...
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Could color be a fundamental thing about the universe?

I'm talking about the color that is inside our heads. I'm not talking about wavelengths. It seems like any attempt to answer the question 'What is color?' or 'How does brain create color?' must ...
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How does sensation contribute to empirical intuition and empirical concept?

I have been reading about Kant's theory of cognition in this article https://www.iep.utm.edu/kantmind/#SH2d. This is an extract that I have been trying to understand : "The genus is representation ...
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Is the existence of time independent of perception?

Many known physical phenomena are dependent on time, and are in fact a function of time. However if I think of reality as something that exists independently of perception by an observer, then it ...
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Are there any good arguments against Berkeley's immaterialism?

Basically, Berkeley writes that the only things that are real or existing are either (1) the active, perceiving mind or soul, or (2) the passive perceived things. He argues that we can only have ...
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Why does Kant think we cannot perceive reality?

Direct realism says that we perceive worldly objects. Kant's view seems to say we do not perceive worldly objects. What we perceive are appearances, not the things themselves. What are his reasons for ...
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Non-demarcation between internalist and externalist accounts?

Question Are the internalist and externalist accounts of perception such as vision possible? Background Philosophers distinguish internalist accounts, which assume that perceptions of objects, ...
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How does mediation inherent in the senses not refute Searle's "direct realism"?

In an answer to this question How to start Philosophy and find the branches that are related to my questions?, an article by Searle came up http://www.klemens.sav.sk/fiusav/doc/organon/prilohy/2012/2/...
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Mechanics of Perception

How is perception formed? By perception I mean 'thought' or 'idea' of the World. What I see by itself does not contribute anything to thought. Only an acknowledgement can contribute to structuring of ...
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Does Brassier say that perceptual objects are not paradigmatic objects?

Does Brassier say that perceptual objects are not paradigmatic objects? I think I stumbled on the claim he did, but didn't read, and have since given up on finding the phrase. It would seem to make ...
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Are the Argument From Perspectival Variation and the Argument From Perceptual Relativity one and the same?

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy explains Perspectival Variation as follows: Perspectival variation is the kind of variation in one's sensory experiences that normally attends changes in ...
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Is reality really “nothing but a hallucination”?

I asked this a few minutes ago on physics.stackexchange and they redirected me here This question relates to the premise put forth in this TED talk, that reality is nothing but a shared hallucination:...
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Schopenauer's critique of Kant: the distinction between knowledge of perception from abstract knowledge

I am reading "The World as Will and Representation" by Arthur Schopenhauer (Norman, J., Welchman, A., & Janaway, C. (Eds.). (2010). Schopenhauer: 'The World as Will and Representation'). In the ...
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