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The direct relational model of object perception

Abstract : This text aims at presenting a general characterization of the act of perceiving a particular object, in a framework in which perception is conceived of as a mental and cognitive faculty having specific functions that other faculties such as imagination and memory do not possess. I introduce the problem of determining the occurrence of singular perception of a physical object (henceforth named ‘occurrence problem' for brevity), as opposed to the occurrence of other mental states or attitudes. I propose that clarifying this occurrence problem requires making explicit the conditions of perceptual competence/faculty so as to explain the occurrence of each perceptual performance on the basis of the use of this competence. I argue then for a direct relational model according to which the singular perception of an object depends on a competence of connecting the perceiver directly with each target object. This model is compatible with a disjunctive approach to perception according to which each particular experience of an object corresponds either to a direct perceptual relation with this object or to the illusion of having the experience of this object. The arguments in favour of this relational model rest on the idea that the faculty of perception (conceived of as a direct relation with objects) grounds the capacity to demonstratively identify physical objects.
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Nicolas J. Bullot. The direct relational model of object perception. 2004. ⟨ijn_00000546⟩



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