Contemporary arguments for a geometry of visual experience

Phillip John Meadows

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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. © 2009 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)408-430
Number of pages22
JournalEuropean Journal of Philosophy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2011


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