Date of Degree


Document Type


Degree Name





David Rosenthal

Committee Members

David Papineau

Howard Robinson

Jesse Prinz

Subject Categories

Philosophy of Mind


In this dissertation I answer the following question: Does recent empirical work give us reason to think that naive realism is false or that indirect realism is correct? There is a small amount of literature arguing that recent empirical findings pose problems for naive realism and suggest that perception involves mental representation. I review this literature and the arguments therein, examine the relevant empirical work, and argue that recent empirical work on perception does give us reason to reject naive realism and to favour an indirect realist view that countenances mental representations.



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