SOPhiA 2021

Salzburgiense Concilium Omnibus Philosophis Analyticis

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Programme - Talk

Visibility
(Philosophy of Mind, )

A One of the most intriguing aspects of the way we access the world is that we have conscious sensory experiences of it. Typically, middle-size dry goods are objects of our conscious perceptions. Tables, flowers, and trees are all parts of our visible world. But we also seem to see objects that belong to different ontological kinds like rainbows, holograms and virtual reality. If we restrict our attention to vision, it seems sensible to suppose that not every aspect of reality is open to our visual awareness. Science provides us with a human threshold for visibility: we don't usually see mites or atoms. Yet, in some specific circumstances, some such objects can become visible. Magnifying tools can provide us with access to what is considered to be an invisible part of reality. What is the scope of visibility then? I will suggest that some objects, though not being visible in the ordinary sense, can become, under specific circumstances, hyper-visible. Hyper-visibility, however, does not apply to every entity. I will contest Masrour's claim that surface-heat can become visible under specific circumstances (2019). I will conclude that if we accept some assumptions, some rather unorthodox objects are hyper-visible. I will defend the claim that is a condition on an entity being an object of vision that it possesses some basic visible qualities like colour and shape. Finally, I will provide some considerations regarding picture visibility. I will suggest that, contrary to what we tend to think pre-theoretically, in picture-perception those entities that figure as the content of the picture are not visible.

Chair: Daniel Weger
Time: 12:00-12:30, 10 September 2021 (Friday)
Location: SR 1.005
Remark: (Online Talk)

Giorgio Mazzullo  
(University of Nottingham, )



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