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Dean Peters: Observability; perception and the extended mind

2 June 2014, 5:15 pm6:45 pm

Observability; perception and the extended mind


The empiricist requires some tenable epistemic distinction between observable and unobservable entities. This is often cashed out as a distinction between the results of human biological senses; historically contingent as they are; and those of artificial scientific instruments. I argue; however; that the empiricist has a responsibility to justify the belief that our senses genuinely inform us about objects in the external world and that any such justification; when applied consistently; will also count at least some artificial sensory capacities as informative. I examine three possible justificatory strategies.


2 June 2014
5:15 pm – 6:45 pm
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