Being with the Without by Jean-Luc Nancy, Sa Cavalcante Schuback Marcia

By Jean-Luc Nancy, Sa Cavalcante Schuback Marcia

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The third point of challenge concerns our assumption that sensory experience is a source of accurate information about the physical world. Lack of perceptual access to the world would not entail that this assumption was definitely false: even if they were not physically perceptive, it would still be possible that our sensory experiences normally provide a reasonably accurate representation of the current environmental situation and that the environmental information they purport to give us is predominantly correct.

Thus, in the case of Ralph, there is no denying that, at any given time, whatever visual contact he has with the whole apple breaks down into his contact with a certain portion of its surface, together with the fact that this latter item is a portion of its surface; and whatever visual contact he has with this persisting surface portion breaks down into his contact with one of its The Problem of Perception 35 momentary stages, together with the fact that this latter item is a stage of that portion.

34 A World for Us The only way in which we can plausibly think of the viewer as genuinely seeing the match is by taking his visual contact with it to be something psychologically fundamental, and construing the role of the patterns on the screen, and his access to them, as merely causal—as consisting in the fact that his reception of light from the screen is a crucial part of the causal process by which events on the pitch become visible to him. This would accord with how things phenomenologically seem to the viewer himself; and, because of our first-person familiarity with televisual experience, it is how we tend to understand the situation in our ordinary thinking.

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