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Perceptual content and senorimotor expectations

Cavedon-Taylor, Dan (2011) Perceptual content and senorimotor expectations. The Philosophical Quarterly 61 (243), pp. 383-391. ISSN 0031-8094.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9213.2010.691.x

Abstract

I distinguish between two kinds of sensorimotor expectations: agent- and object-active ones. Alva Noe's answer to the problem of how perception acquires volumetric content illicitly privileges agent-active expectations over object-active expectations, though the two are explanatorily on a par. Considerations which Noe draws upon concerning how organisms may 'off-load' internal processes onto the environment do not support his view that volumetric content depends on our embodiment; rather, they support a view of experience which is restrictive of the body's role in perception. My objections undercut central arguments which Noe gives for his brand of enactivism.

Item Type: Article
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Philosophy
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2011 10:16
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:20
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/3590

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