Must naive realists be relationalists?


Relationalism maintains that perceptual experience involves, as part of its nature, a distinctive kind of conscious perceptual relation between a subject of experience and an object of experience. Together with the claim that perceptual experience is presentational, relationalism is widely believed to be a core aspect of the naive realist outlook on perception. This is a mistake. I argue that naive realism about perception can be upheld without a commitment to relationalism.

European Journal of Philosophy
Maarten Steenhagen
Research Fellow in Philosophy

My research interests include philosophy of mind, philosophy of perception, philosophical logic and aesthetics