Naïve Realism and the Explanatory Role of Visual Phenomenology [Special Issue]
Issue: Issue 02 • Author/s: Takuya Niikawa
Topics: Epistemology, Philosophy of mind
This paper argues that naïve realism has an epistemic advantage over other rival views. The argument consists of two steps. First, I argue that the phenomenology of veridical visual experience plays an indispensable role in explaining how we can refer to the experience as a justificatory reason for a demonstrative judgment. Second, I argue that only naïve realism can coherently allow a veridical visual experience to be used as a factive reason.