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Perceptual Spaces Are Sense-Modality- Neutral

Ingvar Johansson
Published Online: 2018-03-24 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opphil-2018-0003


The paper presents and discusses phenomenological facts about perceptual spaces and percepts, but ends with a few thoughts about possible causal explanations of such spaces. The overarching double-sided hypothesis claims that - from a phenomenological point of view - each individual animal has at each consciously perceived moment of time a sense-modality-neutral perceptual space, and that these perceptual spaces are so-called container spaces. This means, to be concrete, that blind persons, deaf persons, and all perceptually non-handicapped persons have the same kind of phenomenological perceptual space, a sense-modality-neutral container space. The causal reflections bring in James J. Gibson’s work on such matters.

Keywords: Perception; Sense-modalities; Space; Phenomenological facts; Percepts and qualia


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Received: 2017-09-25

Accepted: 2018-03-01

Published Online: 2018-03-24

Citation Information: Open Philosophy, Volume 1, Issue 1, Pages 14–39, ISSN (Online) 2543-8875, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opphil-2018-0003.

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