The invalidity of the argument from illusion

French, Craig and Walters, Lee (2018) The invalidity of the argument from illusion. American Philosophical Quarterly, 55 (4). pp. 357-364. ISSN 2152-1123

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The argument from illusion attempts to establish the bold claim that we are never perceptually aware of ordinary material objects. The argument has rightly received a great deal critical of scrutiny. But here we develop a criticism that, to our knowledge, has not hitherto been explored. We consider the canonical form of the argument as it is captured in contemporary expositions. There are two stages to our criticism. First, we show that the argument is invalid. Second, we identify premises that can be used to make the argument valid. But we argue that the obvious fixes are problematic. If our arguments are successful, we show that the argument from illusion is even more difficult to defend than is commonly acknowledged.

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Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Arts > School of Humanities > Department of Philosophy
Depositing User: Blythe, Mrs Maxine
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2016 08:46
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 18:18

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