Perceptual experience and the capacity to act

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This chapter develops and defends the capacity view, that is, the view that the ability to perceive the perspective-independent or intrinsic properties of objects depends on the perceiver's capacity to act. It argues that self-location and spatial know-how are jointly necessary to perceive the intrinsic spatial properties of objects. Representing one's location allows one to abstract from one's particular vantage point to perceive the perspective-independent properties of objects. Spatial know-how allows one to perceive objects as the kind of things that are perceivable from points of view other than one's own and thus to perceive them as three-dimensional space occupiers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPerception, Action, and Consciousness
Subtitle of host publicationSensorimotor Dynamics and Two Visual Systems
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191594960
ISBN (Print)9780199551118
StatePublished - Aug 19 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychology(all)


  • Action
  • Capacity view
  • Perception
  • Self-location
  • Spatial know-how
  • Spatial properties


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