Philosophical Studies

, Volume 172, Issue 7, pp 1723–1736 | Cite as

Perceptual content and the content of mental imagery

  • Bence NanayEmail author


The aim of this paper is to argue that the phenomenal similarity between perceiving and visualizing can be explained by the similarity between the structure of the content of these two different mental states. And this puts important constraints on how we should think about perceptual content and the content of mental imagery.


Perceptual content Mental imagery Attention Determinacy Determinable/determinate properties Dependency Thesis 



This work was supported by the EU FP7 CIG grant PCIG09-GA-2011-293818 and the FWO Odysseus grant G.0020.12N. I presented this paper at the Fourth Online Consciousness Conference and I am grateful for the comments I received there. I am also grateful for comments by Neil Van Leeuwen, Jake Berger and an anonymous referee for this Journal on an earlier draft.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Philosophical PsychologyUniversity of AntwerpAntwerpBelgium
  2. 2.PeterhouseUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK

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