Philosophy, Psychology and Neuroscience

"Seeing Through"

Canonically, Absolutists and Relationists - metaphysicians about the nature of space - agree that empty space is imperceptible. For the Relationist, this is so since empty space is non-existent. For the Absolutist, it is imperceptible because it is insensible. Call this the Imperceptibility Claim (I). In my talk, I try to show that (I) is false. I argue that empty space is visible, but not solely in virtue of visual experience. What's more, I claim that empty space has a 'look' - it is seen through and so, in veridical experience, is and looks, see-through. I generate a puzzle to show why this calls for a pluralist account of perceptual content.