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Skepticism and the Veil of Perception (Studies in Epistemology and Cognitive Theory)
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However, I was a little less impressed with his arguments against indirect realism. He focuses on the property of position (i.e. location) and asks where is the object that I am perceiving. For indirect realism, the object perceived is not the real object but a representation of it. He dismisses the answer "in my brain" and laughs off the idea of a tiny table nestling in amongst the gray matter.
Well, clearly, there is a representation of a table in your brain provided you have a concept of a table. Huemer claims that perception is direct and that the mechanism of perception is irrelevant. This leaves open the question of perception through the means of electronic and/or mechanical enhancement. Are you directly perceiving a table viewed on television?
While I agree that indirect realism leaves us open to the skeptical arguments such as "brain-in-a-vat", I'm not nearly so uncomfortable with that result as is Huemer. I can't rule out the BIV hypothesis, but that is really not so troubling. There are lots of absurd hypotheses that I can't rule out (Black Helicopters, etc.).
I found it interesting that Huemer is very comfortable with the idea that "knowledge" is equal to "it seems to me that ..." in the absence of defeaters.Read more ›
If I found anything to be missing, it was a review and analysis of the relevant empirical work.