In your paper I would like you to discuss and evaluate the following thesis about visual perception:
- (SD) Whenever one has a visual experience (of, say, a cat), what one sees directly or immediately is a cat-like sense datum, and not a cat.
Specifically, drawing on Chapter III of JL Austin’s Sense and Sensibilia (file: JL Austin Sense and Sensibilia, Ch III.pdf), your essay should do the following three things:
- Carefully, and in your own words, present one version of the “Argument from Illusion” for (SD) that Austin discusses.
- Carefully, and in your own words, present Austin’s response to that argument.
- Discuss which argument is superior: the Argument from Illusion, or Austin’s response.
- Your paper should be 800-1000 words.
- You do not need to include a bibliography; simply reference page numbers where appropriate.
- Your paper will be marked according to this rubric.
- See Jim Pryor’s Guidelines on Writing a Philosophy Paper (Links to an external site.) if you aren’t sure how to begin. (It is a good idea for everyone to read these Guidelines!) (Guideline: http://www.jimpryor.net/teaching/guidelines/writing.html)