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Two Approaches to Perception, s. 109


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Dr Ivan V. Ivanov
Shandong University
Jinan, China

On the basis of some sociological peculiarities, I distinguish two approaches to perception: a naturalist and a non-naturalist one, and explain why the first is commonly combined with an intentionalist view of perception, while the second goes with a relationalist view. Unsurprisingly, the distinguishing aspect behind each approach is the understanding of experiential introspection incorporated in it, in light of what is called the transparency of experience. What is surprising is how tightly each approach, and its respective understanding of experiential introspection fits with the respective view of perception. It will be argued that those who construe the transparency of experience in a strong way must adopt intentionalism, and those who construe it in a moderate way must adopt relationalism. It would follow as a corollary that those hoping to support intentionalism on introspective grounds would have to reject the transparency of experience.

Note: this event is a part of the Natural and Artificial Cognitive Systems seminar, so if you plan to come please come early so we can ensure seating. (if you want to come but cannot because of the time, Dr Ivanov may also join us in the Consciousness, Perception, and Time meeting later in the day)