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Perceptual justification in the Bayesian brain: A foundherentist account

Gładziejewski, Paweł (2021) Perceptual justification in the Bayesian brain: A foundherentist account. [Preprint]

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In this paper, I use the predictive processing (PP) theory of perception to tackle the question of how perceptual states can be rationally involved in cognition by justifying other mental states. I put forward two claims regarding the epistemological implications of PP. First, perceptual states can confer justification on other mental states because the perceptual states are themselves rationally acquired. Second, despite being inferentially justified rather than epistemically basic, perceptual states can still be epistemically responsive to the mind-independent world. My main goal is to elucidate the epistemology of perception already implicit in PP. But I also hope to show how it is possible to peacefully combine central tenets of foundationalist and coherentist accounts of the rational powers of perception while avoiding the well-recognized pitfalls of either.


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Gładziejewski, Pawełpawel_gla@o2.pl
Keywords: Bayesian brain; coherentism; epistemic justification; foundationalism; perceptual justification; predictive processing
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Neuroscience > Cognitive Neuroscience
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
General Issues > Evidence
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Perception
Depositing User: Dr. Paweł Gładziejewski
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2021 14:01
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2021 14:01
Item ID: 19262
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Neuroscience > Cognitive Neuroscience
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
General Issues > Evidence
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Perception
Date: 2021
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/19262

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