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Constitutive strata and the dorsal stream

Kristjan Laasik

pp. 419-435

In his paper, "The Dorsal Stream and the Visual Horizon," Michael Madary argues that "dorsal stream processing plays a main role in the spatiotemporal limits of visual perception, in what Husserl identified as the visual horizon" (Madary 2011, p. 424). Madary regards himself as thereby providing a theoretical framework "sensitive to basic Husserlian phenomenology" (Madary 2011). In particular, Madary draws connections between perceptual anticipations and the experience of the indeterminate spatial margins, on the one hand, and the Husserlian spatiotemporal visual horizons, on the other. I argue that Madary's arguments, for a Husserlian view of the two visual systems, are not convincing. When the notion of visual horizon is adequately understood as a constitutive notion, there will be reason to regard the connections between dorsal processing and the Husserlian spatiotemporal horizons as tenuous at best.

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DOI: 10.1007/s11097-013-9306-2

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Laasik, K. (2014). Constitutive strata and the dorsal stream. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 13 (3), pp. 419-435.

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