Two Types of Visual Objects

Błażej Skrzypulec
2015 Studia Humana  
While it is widely accepted that human vision represents objects, it is less clear which of the various philosophical notions of 'object' adequately characterizes visual objects. In this paper, I show that within contemporary cognitive psychology visual objects are characterized in two distinct, incompatible ways. On the one hand, models of visual organization describe visual objects in terms of combinations of features, in accordance with the philosophical bundle theories of objects. However,
more » ... objects. However, models of visual persistence apply a notion of visual objects that is more similar to that endorsed in philosophical substratum theories. Here I discuss arguments that might show either that only one of the above notions of visual objects is adequate in the context of human vision, or that the category of visual objects is not uniform and contains entities properly characterized by different philosophical conceptions.
doi:10.1515/sh-2015-0014 fatcat:lkabwp7d4jfwngiibvo5vaolsu