Seeing and Saying

Seeing and Saying : The Language of Perception and the Representational View of Experience

4 (1 rating by Goodreads)
By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Expected delivery to the United States in 10-15 business days.

Not ordering to the United States? Click here.


Imagine you are sitting at Starbuck glancing at the blue coffee mug in front of you. The mug is blue on the outside, white on the inside. It's large for a mug. And it's nearly full of freshly made coffee. In the envisaged case, you see all those aspects of the scene in front of you, but it remains a question of ferocious debate whether the visual experience that makes up your seeing is a direct "perceptual" relation between you and your environment or a psychology
state that has a content that represents the mug. If your experience involves an external "perceptual" relation to an external, mind-independent object, it is unlike familiar mental states such as belief and desire states, which are widely considered psychological states with a representational content
that stands between you and the external world. Your belief that the coffee mug in front of you is blue has a content that represents the coffee mug as being blue. Your desire that the coffee in the mug is still hot has a content that represents a state of affairs that may or may not in fact obtain, namely the state of affairs that the coffee in the mug is still hot.

In this book, Brit Brogaard defends the view that visual experience is like belief in having a representational content. Her defense differs from most previous defenses of this view in that it begins by looking at the language of ordinary speech. She provides a linguistic analysis of what we say when we say that things look a certain way or that the world appears to us to be a certain way. She then argues that this analysis can be used to argue for the view that visual experience has a
representation content that mediates between you and the world when you visually perceive.
show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 216 pages
  • 163 x 245 x 21mm | 428g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0190495251
  • 9780190495251
  • 2,281,507

Table of contents


Chapter 1. The Semantics of 'Appear' Words
Chapter 2. Looks and Seemings
Chapter 3. The Representational View of Experience
Chapter 4. Arguments against the Representational View
Chapter 5. Other Arguments from 'Look'
Chapter 6. Seeing Things
Chapter 7. Beyond Seeing

show more

Review quote

In Seeing and Saying, Berit Brogaard provides a novel, interesting and extensive defence of the representational view on perceptual is also a well-argued and important book that engages with empirical research on perception and sets a new and interesting path for philosophers interested in the representational view on experience. * Anna Drozdzowicz, University of Oslo, Metascience * Brogaard (Univ. of Miami) offers a sophisticated defense of a representational model of visual experience as opposed to a relational account of visual experience...Brogaard examines objections to her position, including why anyone should take language as a guide to how the mind works. She covers the debate in detail, offering an excellent and thorough overview, albeit it from a distinctive point of view...Summing Up: Essential. * CHOICE *
show more

About Berit Brogaard

Berit Brogaard is Professor of Philosophy at University of Miami. Her published works include Transient Truths (2012), Does Perception Have Content? (2014), and On Romantic Love (2015).In her academic research she specializes in philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, and the cognitive sciences.
show more

Rating details

1 rating
4 out of 5 stars
5 0% (0)
4 100% (1)
3 0% (0)
2 0% (0)
1 0% (0)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X