Chapter

The New Option

John Foster

in The Nature of Perception

Published in print March 2000 | ISBN: 9780198237693
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597442 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198237693.003.0022
The New Option

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The only way of avoiding the bleak conclusion of Part 5 would be to abandon physical realism for a form of idealism. The kind of idealism needed would be one that took the physical world to be something logically created by the organization of human sensory experience, or by some richer complex of non‐physical facts in which that sensory organization centrally features. This would restore perceptual access to the physical world, since if the world is logically created in the way envisaged, awareness does not need to reach beyond the presented sense‐qualia to make contact with the physical items. And, with the restoration of perceptual access, there would be the restoration of epistemic access too. This idealist position not only offers the only way of securing perceptual and epistemic access to the physical world but is also something whose truth can be established on independent grounds.

Keywords: epistemic access; idealism; perceptual knowledge; physical world; realism; sensory experience

Chapter.  8634 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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