The Puzzle of the Laws of Appearance
Adam Pautz (Brown University), Adam Pautz (Brown University)

December 18, 2020, 10:00am - 11:30am

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Oxford University
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As the last event in our autumn seminar series [Dec. 18 (friday) 3:00-4:30 PM GMT/10:00-11:30 EST], we will host a talk by Adam Pautz (Brown):

The Puzzle of the Laws of Appearance 

In this talk I will present a puzzle about visual appearance. I will first develop the puzzle as it arises for representationalists about experience. Many have discussed the question "what properties do we actually experiential represent?" My puzzle concerns a different question that has not been much discussed: "what properties *could* we experientially represent?" I will argue that there are certain metaphysically necessary restrictions here. Those restrictions cry out for explanation. But it is just very hard to see how representationalists might explain them. At the end, I will explore the question of whether the puzzle equally arises for naive realists.

My talk will be based on my recent paper "The Puzzle of the Laws of Appearance" (*Philosophical Issues* 2020) but I hope to add some new points.

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