Review of Philosophy and Psychology

, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp 541–556 | Cite as

Representationalism and Blindsight



According to representationalism, phenomenal character supervenes on representational content. According to first-person reports, blindsighters have no phenomenal character in the scotoma, even though their abilities suggest that they have conscious visual representations in the scotoma. The traditional representationalist response is that the representations in the scotoma are either non-conscious or non-visual. Drawing on empirical work, I consider the interpretation that blindsighters are unable to represent—and thus lack the phenomenal character of—luminance in the scotoma. However, they maintain the capacity to represent other visible properties in the scotoma, and thus retain the luminance-lacking phenomenal character of these properties.


Spontaneous Actor Visual State Visual Experience Phenomenal Character Scotoma 
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  1. 1.Thumos Research Group, Département de PhilosophieUniversité de GenèveGenève 4Suisse

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