Perception is not all-purpose
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Nanay, B. (2018). Perception is not all-purpose. Synthese https://doi.org/10.1007/s11229-018-01937-5
I aim to show that perception depends counterfactually on the action we want to perform. Perception is not all-purpose: what we want to do does not influence what we see. After clarifying how this claim is different from the one at stake in the cognitive penetrability debate and what counterfactual dependence means in my claim, I will give a two-step argument: (a) one's perceptual attention depends counterfactually on one's intention to perform an action (everything else being equal) and (b) one's perceptual processing depends counterfactually on one's perceptual attention (everything else being equal). If we put these claims together, what we get is that one's perceptual processing depends counterfactually on one's intention to perform an action (everything else being equal).
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11229-018-01937-5
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