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In the Light of ExperienceNew Essays on Perception and Reasons$
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Johan Gersel, Rasmus Thybo Jensen, Morten S. Thaning, and Søren Overgaard

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198809630

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198809630.001.0001

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Objects and the Explanation of Perception

Objects and the Explanation of Perception

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(p.237) 9 Objects and the Explanation of Perception
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In the Light of Experience
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Bill Brewer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198809630.003.0011

Persisting macroscopic material objects play a fundamental role in our commonsense understanding of the world around us, and this is central to our appreciation of their status as mind-independent things. I offer a characterization of one central aspect of this explanatory role and elaborate a conception of such objects themselves that I argue is essential to their playing it. I conclude that the objects that play this fundamental explanatory role meet the conception that I elaborate. The material objects that we encounter in perception are evidently independent of our perceptions of them; and, as such, they conform to what I call the Natural Continuants View.

Keywords:   natural continuant, artificial continuant, exclusivity, mind-independence, explanatory determinacy, sortalism, reference magnetism

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