3. The Attribute of Realness and the Internal Organization of Perceptual Reality

  1. Liliana Albertazzi
  1. Rainer Mausfeld

Published Online: 31 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118329016.ch3

Handbook of Experimental Phenomenology: Visual Perception of Shape, Space and Appearance

Handbook of Experimental Phenomenology: Visual Perception of Shape, Space and Appearance

How to Cite

Mausfeld, R. (2013) The Attribute of Realness and the Internal Organization of Perceptual Reality, in Handbook of Experimental Phenomenology: Visual Perception of Shape, Space and Appearance (ed L. Albertazzi), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118329016.ch3

Editor Information

  1. University of Trento Center for the Mind and Brain (CIMeC), Italy

Author Information

  1. University of Kiel, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 31 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 30 APR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781119954682

Online ISBN: 9781118329016

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Keywords:

  • perception theory;
  • phenomenal realness;
  • phenomenological observations

Summary

Notions of “reality” and “realness” can appear in contexts other than perception theory, notably in ordinary discourse, theoretical physics, and philosophy. Theoretical issues of perception theory that can be subsumed under the heading of “phenomenal realness” are more easily recognizable when people do not confuse them with issues associated with “realness” in other domains. In the context of psychological enquiries that aim at explanatory accounts of perception, the question arises as to the status of phenomenological observations. It is well known that the functional architecture of our brain almost completely hides the functioning of the perceptual system from our conscious experience. The attribute of phenomenal realness can, by definition, only be assigned to perceptual objects that are phenomenally expressed.