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Perception from the phenomenal stance

How should we approach the qualitative character of perceptual experience? While ‘qualohobes’ assert that there is nothing to account for but our access to the environment, ‘qualophiles’ insist there must be more to experience. Qualophobes object in particular to ‘extra ingredients’ over and above the processes involved in access to the environment. This paper shows how, without postulating such extra ingredients, we can do justice to the character of experience when we distinguish different stances we can adopt towards the perceiver. The intentional stance is focused on the object of perception, the intentional upshot of our perceptual engagement. The phenomenal stance can offer a complementary account: an account of the qualitative character of experience in terms of our bodily engagement with the environment.