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Exactness, Inexactness, and the Non-Transitivity of Perceptual Indiscriminability

Charles Pelling
Synthese
Vol. 164, No. 2 (Sep., 2008), pp. 289-312
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40271061
Page Count: 24
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Exactness, Inexactness, and the Non-Transitivity of Perceptual Indiscriminability
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Abstract

I defend, to a certain extent, the traditional view that perceptual indiscriminability is non-transitive. The argument proceeds by considering important recent work by Benj Hellie: Hellie argues that colour perception represents 'inexactly', and that this results in violations of the transitivity of colour indiscriminability. I show that Hellie's argument remains inconclusive, since he does not demonstrate conclusively that colour perception really does represent inexactly. My own argument for the non-transitivity of perceptual indiscriminability uses inexactness instead as one horn of a dilemma: the key idea is that there is a class of perceptual experiences which might plausibly be supposed either to represent inexactly or to represent exactly—but which demonstrate the non-transitivity of perceptual indiscriminability either way.

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