Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Lewis & Clark College

Pictorial Recognition and Blindsight

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Chuck Close "Big Self Portrait", 1968

Chuck Close "Big Self Portrait", 1968

Some individuals are blindsighted. "Blindsighted" people are cortically blind due to lesions in the striate cortex, but who can respond to visual stimuli they cannot not consciously see. That is, they can see x but have no conscious experience of seeing x. Consider a blindsighted person who looks at a painting; say this one by Chuck Close. Suppose they recognize the person in the painting is Chuck Close. Would the case of blindsight be a problem for Lopes' account of pictorial representation?