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A Pluralist Theory of Perception - Neil Mehta
Philosophers of perception usually assume that there is a unitary philosophical account of what it is to perceive, say, a scarlet bell pepper. I reject that monist assumption. Here I begin to defend an alternative pluralist theory of perception, which says that what it is to (consciously) perceive is to exercise, in concert, two radically different kinds of awareness. First, the subject deploys a successful sensory representation of the bell pepper and some of its property-instances. This explains various differences between perception and hallucination. Second, the subject has deep awareness of certain universals, in a way that reveals part – but not all – of their essences. This explains various similarities between perception and hallucination.