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Volume 53 • Number 1

January 2016



Recent Work on Naïve Realism

by James Genone


Naïve realism, often overlooked among philosophical theories of perception, has in recent years attracted a surge of interest. In this essay, I distinguish naïve realism from related direct realist theories of perceptual experience, and in particular from representationalist approaches to perception. I then examine the motivations behind the view, and discuss some of the central objections that have been raised against it. I conclude by describing additional challenges that remain as topics for further investigation for defenders of naïve realism.

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ISSN: 2152-1123