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Perception, Action, and ConsciousnessSensorimotor Dynamics and Two Visual Systems$
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Nivedita Gangopadhyay, Michael Madary, and Finn Spicer

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199551118

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199551118.001.0001

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Perceptual experience and the capacity to act

Perceptual experience and the capacity to act

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(p.145) Chapter 9 Perceptual experience and the capacity to act
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Perception, Action, and Consciousness
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Susanna Schellenberg

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199551118.003.0009

This chapter develops and defends the capacity view, that is, the view that the ability to perceive the perspective-independent or intrinsic properties of objects depends on the perceiver's capacity to act. It argues that self-location and spatial know-how are jointly necessary to perceive the intrinsic spatial properties of objects. Representing one's location allows one to abstract from one's particular vantage point to perceive the perspective-independent properties of objects. Spatial know-how allows one to perceive objects as the kind of things that are perceivable from points of view other than one's own and thus to perceive them as three-dimensional space occupiers.

Keywords:   capacity view, perception, action, self-location, spatial properties, spatial know-how

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