Visual indeterminacy and the puzzle of the speckled hen
Mind and Language
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Munton, J. (2021). Visual indeterminacy and the puzzle of the speckled hen. Mind and Language, 36 (5), 643-663. https://doi.org/10.1111/mila.12296
I identify three aspects to the puzzle of the speckled hen: a general puzzle, an epistemic puzzle, and a puzzle for the representationalist. These puzzles rely on an underlying ‘pictorialist’ assumption, that we visually perceive general, determinable properties only in virtue of determinate properties or more specific, local features of our visual experience. This assumption is mistaken: visual perception starts from a position of uncertainty, and is routinely able to acquire information about general properties in the absence of more specific information. Acknowledging that visual indeterminacy is structured this way resolves all three puzzles of the speckled hen.
SUBMITTED ARTICLE, SUBMITTED ARTICLES, perceptual epistemology, pictorialism, representationalism, speckled hen, visual indeterminacy
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/mila.12296
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