DO WE SEE APPLES AS EDIBLE?
Article first published online: 4 AUG 2011
© 2011 The Author. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly © 2011 University of Southern California and Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Pacific Philosophical Quarterly
Volume 92, Issue 3, pages 305–322, September 2011
How to Cite
NANAY, B. (2011), DO WE SEE APPLES AS EDIBLE?. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 92: 305–322. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0114.2011.01398.x
- Issue published online: 4 AUG 2011
- Article first published online: 4 AUG 2011
Do we (sometimes) perceive apples as edible? One could argue that it is just a manner of speaking to say so: we do not really see an object as edible, we see it as having certain shape, size and color and we only infer on the basis of these properties that it is. I argue that we do indeed see objects as edible, and do not just believe that they are. My argument proceeds in two steps. First, I point out that Susanna Siegel's influential argument in favor of the claim that we represent sortal properties perceptually does not work. Second, I argue that we can fix this argument if we replace the sortal property in question with the property of being edible, climbable or Q-able in general.