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[catalogued under 12. Knowledge Sources / B. Perception / 1. Perception]

Full Idea

You can end up with an error theory of perception, which says our experience is not as it seems to be, as bizarre as that might be.


'Error theories' explain things as mistakes

Gist of Idea

An error theory of perception says our experience is not as it seems to be


Michael Martin (Interview with Baggini and Stangroom [2001], p.140)

Book Reference

Baggini,J/Stangroom,J: 'New British Philosophy' [Routledge 2002], p.140

A Reaction

This is because of the clash between subjective and objective aspects of perception. It is an enticing proposal, just the sort of thing I pay philosophers to come up with. Given oddities like blindsight, I think it should be taken seriously.