The Silence of the Senses

@article{Travis2004TheSO,
  title={The Silence of the Senses},
  author={Charles Travis},
  journal={Mind},
  year={2004},
  volume={113},
  pages={57-94}
}
There is a view abroad on which (a) perceptual experience has (a) representational content in this sense: in it something is represented to the perceiver as so. On the view, a perceptual experience has a face value at which it may be taken, or which may be rejected. This paper argues that that view is mistaken: there is nothing in perceptual experience which makes it so that in it anything is represented as so (except insofar as the perceiver represents things to himself as so). In that sense… Expand
Representation, Presentation and the Epistemic Role of Perceptual Experience
Abstract In this paper I argue that the representational theory of perception, on which the world is represented as being a certain way in perceptual experience, cannot explain how there can be aExpand
Perception and Content
formulation of a truth-evaluable content as that things (or the relevant realm of reality) are (is) thus and so (as opposed to some other way), displays the particular/ general combination. 9 AnExpand
AND THE ARGUMENT FROM NO COMMON CONTENT
often motivate their approach to perceptual experience by appealing in part to the claim that in cases of veridical perception the subject is directly in contact with the perceived object. When IExpand
Are the senses silent? Travis’s argument from Looks
Many philosophers and scientists take perceptual experience, whatever else it involves, to be representational. In ‘The Silence of the Senses’, Charles Travis argues that this view involves a kind ofExpand
A Neglected Account of Perception
I aim to draw the reader's attention to an easily overlooked account of perception, namely that there are no perceptual experiences, that to perceive something is to stand in an external, purelyExpand
Realism and the nature of perceptual experience
Realism concerning a given domain of things is the view that the things in that domain exist, and are as they are, quite independently of anyone’s thought or experience of them. The realism which IExpand
Transparency, Intentionalism, and the Nature of Perceptual Content
Moore's idea here is often summarized by saying that experience is transparent: when we try to examine the features of an experience, we end up 'looking through' the experience and examining featuresExpand
The disjunctive theory of perception
Perceptual experiences are often divided into the following three broad categories: veridical perceptions, illusions, and hallucinations. For example, when one has a visual experience as of a redExpand
Content in Thought and Perception
This thesis addresses a debate within the philosophy of perception between so-called conceptualists and nonconceptualists. Its principal thesis is that the intentional content of a perceptualExpand
The Experience in Perception: A Defence of a Stative Conception of Experiences
In contemporary philosophy of perception, relatively little attention is paid to the fundamental question what we talk about when we talk about perceptual experiences, that is, what kind of entitiesExpand
...
1
2
3
4
5
...

References

SHOWING 1-8 OF 8 REFERENCES
THE INTRINSIC QUALITY OF EXPERIENCE
There are three familiar and related arguments against psychophysical functionalism and the computer model of the mind. The first is that we are directly aware of intrinsic features of our experienceExpand
Mind and World
Modern philosophy finds it difficult to give a satisfactory picture of the place of minds in the world. In "Mind and World", based on the 1991 John Locke Lectures, John McDowell offers his diagnosisExpand
Sense and Sensibilia
A very nice book! And rejoice according to have him, 'there's no wonder on the child. And edward this book while, paradoxically endorsing the novel. As a very believable personality traits, of allExpand
A Study of Concepts
Philosophers from Hume, Kant, and Wittgenstein to the recent realists and antirealists have sought to answer the question, What are concepts? This book provides a detailed, systematic, and accessibleExpand
A Companion to the Philosophy of Language
Preface.Notes on Contributors.Part I: Meaning and Theories of Meaning:1. Meaning and Truth Conditions: From Frege's Grand Design to Davidson's: David Wiggins (University of Oxford).2. Meaning, Use,Expand
The character of mind
This book provides a general introduction to the philosophy of mind. The author aims to give the reader something definite and stimulating to think about, rather than to present a cautious andExpand
II—Perceptual Content and Local Supervenience
The problem of consciousness