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Perceptual experience and the capacity to act

Susanna Schellenberg

in Perception, Action, and Consciousness

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199551118
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191594960 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199551118.003.0009
Perceptual experience and the capacity to act

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This chapter develops and defends the capacity view, that is, the view that the ability to perceive the perspective-independent or intrinsic properties of objects depends on the perceiver's capacity to act. It argues that self-location and spatial know-how are jointly necessary to perceive the intrinsic spatial properties of objects. Representing one's location allows one to abstract from one's particular vantage point to perceive the perspective-independent properties of objects. Spatial know-how allows one to perceive objects as the kind of things that are perceivable from points of view other than one's own and thus to perceive them as three-dimensional space occupiers.

Keywords: capacity view; perception; action; self-location; spatial properties; spatial know-how

Chapter.  10221 words. 

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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