Contemporary arguments For a geometry of visual experience
Meadows, P. (2009) Contemporary arguments For a geometry of visual experience. European Journal of Philosophy, 19 (3). pp. 408-430. ISSN 0966-8373 Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/17759
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In this paper I consider recent attempts to establish that the geometry of visual experience is a spherical geometry. These attempts, offered by Gideon Yaffe, James van Cleve and Gordon Belot, follow Thomas Reid in arguing for an equivalency of a geometry of ‘visibles’ and spherical geometry. I argue that although the proposed equivalency is successfully established by the strongest form of the argument, this does not warrant any conclusion about the geometry of visual experience. I argue, firstly, that the resistance of this contemporary argument to empirical considerations counts against its plausibility. Moreover, I argue that the contemporary approach provides no compelling reason for supposing that the geometry offered as the geometry of ‘visibles’ is the correct geometrical description of visual experience
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