V—Naive Realism and Experiential Evidence


  • Meeting of the Aristotelian Society held at Senate House, University of London, on 7 December 2009 at 4:15 pm.


I describe a naive realist conception of perceptual knowledge, which faces a challenge from the idea that normal perceivers and brains-in-vats have equally justified perceptual beliefs. I defend the naive realist position from Nicholas Silins's recent version of this challenge. I argue that Silins's main objection fails, and that the naive realist understanding of perceptual knowledge can be reconciled with the idea that brains-in-vats have justified perceptual beliefs.