Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Seeing, Doing, and KnowingA Philosophical Theory of Sense Perception$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Mohan Matthen

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199268504

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199268509.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 22 August 2019

Visual Reference

Visual Reference

(p.293) 13 Visual Reference
Seeing, Doing, and Knowing

Mohan Matthen (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

The visual guidance of bodily motion is conducted by a system, here entitled ‘motion-guiding vision‘, that is separate from the system that furnishes us with visual qualia. The latter is called ‘descriptive vision‘. Vision scientists commonly hold that motion-guiding vision makes no contribution to sensory consciousness. Here it is argued that by giving us the wherewithal physically to make contact with external objects, motion-guiding vision supports perceptual demonstratives and accounts for the ‘feeling of presence‘ that distinguishes seen physical objects from those that are merely pictured or imagined. In this way, motion-guiding vision contributes to our experience of seeing something, though sensory qualia such as colour or shape cannot be traced to it. The visual representation of space is assembled from descriptive and motion-guiding vision.

Keywords:   David Milner, dorsal stream, episodic memory, feeling of presence, Melvyn Goodale, perceptual demonstratives, pictorial representation, reference, two visual systems, ventral stream, visual guidance of motion, visual space

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .