The possible worlds theory of visual experience

Edward W. Averill, Joseph Gottlieb

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When we watch movies, or are tricked by a trompe-l'oeil painting, we seem to be visually representing possible worlds; often non-actual possible worlds. This suggests that we really can visually represent possible worlds. The suggested claim is refined and developed here into a theory of visual experience that holds that all visual experiences, both veridical and non-veridical, represent possible worlds, many of which are non-actual.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInquiry (United Kingdom)
StateAccepted/In press - 2021


  • Perception
  • hallucination
  • particularity
  • possible worlds
  • representation
  • singular content


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