Thursday, September 10, 2009

Briscoe's Egocentric Spatial Representation in Action and Perception

Egocentric Spatial Representation in Action and Perception
ROBERT BRISCOE
Ohio University

Philosophy and Phenomenological Research

Volume 79 Issue 2, Pages 423 - 460

Published Online: 10 Sep 2009

ABSTRACT

Neuropsychological findings used to motivate the "two visual systems" hypothesis have been taken to endanger a pair of widely accepted claims about spatial representation in conscious visual experience. The first is the claim that visual experience represents 3-D space around the perceiver using an egocentric frame of reference. The second is the claim that there is a constitutive link between the spatial contents of visual experience and the perceiver's bodily actions. In this paper, I review and assess three main sources of evidence for the two visual systems hypothesis. I argue that the best interpretation of the evidence is in fact consistent with both claims. I conclude with some brief remarks on the relation between visual consciousness and rational agency.

http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/122594428/abstract?CRETRY=1&SRETRY=0