In Defence of a Dogma: A Husserlian Argument for the Inadequacy of Perception (Departmental Seminar)

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Tel: 3943 7135
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Few Husserlian theses claim as widespread support as his idea that perception is ‘inadequate’ vis-à-vis its object. This thesis (henceforth ‘The Inadequacy Thesis’, or ‘The Thesis’ for short) has been adopted by phenomenologists too numerous to mention and enjoys support outside the phenomenological movement, too. Mostly, The Inadequacy Thesis is not argued for, much less criticized, but simply assumed true. As Matt Bower puts it in a recent article, it is ‘typical to suppose that [the thesis] is obvious enough to use as a starting point’ (Bower 2021, p. 757). In short, The Thesis is treated as a dogma.

There are two general sources of resistance to The Thesis. First, one may accept that when we perceive an object there is an anticipation of absent features of the object, but deny that the anticipation is itself perceptual. Second, one may reject the very idea that there is any anticipation of absent features in the first place. In my talk, I mainly address the second source of resistance to the Husserlian dogma.

Delivered in English.
All are welcome.