The Contents of Visual Experience

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Acknowledgments

MUCH OF THE MATERIAL IN THIS BOOK GREW AND MORPHED DURING countless discussions in colloquia, conferences, reading groups and seminars. I’m grateful for those chances to think out loud in the company of so many people held captive by the norms of politeness. I consider myself especially lucky to have received comments and advice from Tim Bayne, Ned Block, Bill Brewer, Alex Byrne, Liz Camp, John Campbell, Jonathan Cohen, Andy Egan, Justin Fisher, Tamar Gendler, John Hawthorne, Benj Hellie, Christopher Hill, Sean Kelly, Amy Kind, Jeff King, Heather Logue, Fiona Macpherson, John Morrison, Ram Neta, Bernhard Nickel, Casey O’Callaghan, Adam Pautz, Christopher Peacocke, Geoffrey Sayre-McCord, Joshua Schechter, Charles Siewert, Nico Silins, David Woodruff Smith, Maja Spener, Jason Stanley, Daniel Stoljar, Scott Sturgeon, Amie Thomasson, Joseph Tolliver, Charles Travis, Jonathan Vogel, and Jessica Wilson. I’ve learned much from the luminous writings of Mark Johnston, M. G. F. Martin and A. D. Smith. I’ve also been helped immensely by my friendships with Alex Byrne, Bernhard Nickel, Scott Sturgeon and Maja Spener. Alex co-taught a graduate seminar with me on some of the material in part I, read multiple drafts of most of the chapters, and over the years has pulled me out of numerous bogs. Bernhard, Scott and Maja discussed every topic in the book with me at length, generating countless insights, innovations, jokes, meals and cocktails along the way.

In 2002 I presented an early draft of a paper defending the Rich Content View at the National Endowment for the Humanities seminar on consciousness and intentionality. The institute as a whole

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Table of contents

  • Philosophy of Mind Series ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Acknowledgments vii
  • Table of Contents ix
  • Introduction 3
  • Part I- Contents 17
  • Chapter 1- Experiences 19
  • Chapter 2- The Content View 27
  • Chapter 3- How Can We Discover the Contents of Experience? 77
  • Part II- Properties 97
  • Chapter 4- Kinds 99
  • Chapter 5- The Visual Experience of Causation 117
  • Part III- Objects 141
  • Chapter 6- The Role of Objects in Visual Experience 145
  • Chapter 7- Subject and Object in the Contents of Experience 175
  • Chapter 8- The Strong Content View Revisited 207
  • References 211
  • Index 220
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