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Explaining Perceptual Entitlement

Christopher Peacocke

in The Realm of Reason

Published in print November 2003 | ISBN: 9780199270729
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191600944 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199270724.003.0004
Explaining Perceptual Entitlement

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Concerns itself with explaining the conclusion of the preceding chapter, namely that there is an entitlement to take experiences with instance‐individuated contents at face value. The author explains this by, first, formulating and defending a general principle about the explanation of complexity; second, establishing that this general principle applies to the explanation of the occurrence of experiences with instance‐individuated contents, and does so in such a way as to support the presumption that the contents of such experiences are correct; third, arguing that this application to perceptual states provides the philosophical explanation of why one is entitled to take experiences with instance‐individuated contents at face value.

Keywords: complexity; content; entitlement; experience; Individuation; Perception

Chapter.  12923 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Metaphysics

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