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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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Do Perceptions Justify Beliefs?

Do Perceptions Justify Beliefs?

The Argument from “Looks” Talk

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(p.141) 5 Do Perceptions Justify Beliefs?
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In the Light of Experience
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Christopher Gauker

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198809630.003.0007

Why should we believe that perceptions justify beliefs? One argument starts with the premise that sentences of the form “a looks F” may be used to justify conclusions of the form “a is F”. That argument will show that perceptions justify beliefs only if we can find a reading of “a looks F” on which utterances of that form report the contents of perceptions and not the contents of non-perceptual beliefs. There might be a reading of “a looks F” on which utterances of that form report the contents of perceptions, but, when read in that way, such utterances do not justify a conclusion of the form “a is F”.

Keywords:   perception, belief, looks, justification, conceptual content

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