Philosophical Studies

, Volume 164, Issue 2, pp 405–418 | Cite as

Visual prominence and representationalism

  • Todd GansonEmail author
  • Ben Bronner


A common objection to representationalism is that a representationalist view of phenomenal character cannot accommodate the effects that shifts in covert attention have on visual phenomenology: covert attention can make items more visually prominent than they would otherwise be without altering the content of visual experience. Recent empirical work on attention casts doubt on previous attempts to advance this type of objection to representationalism and it also points the way to an alternative development of the objection.


Attention Representationalism Determinacy of representation Visual prominence 



Special thanks to Neil Mehta and an anonymous reviewer for insightful comments. Thanks also to Benj Hellie for useful comments on an antecedent to this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyOberlin CollegeOberlinUSA

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