Maxime Doyon – Multisensory Perception and Normativity

Multisensory Perception and Normativity – Maxime Doyon (University of Montreal)


The goal of this paper is to explain the normative character of perceptual experience in the context of an analysis of multisensory perception. I will flesh this claim out by analysing very briefly some of the relevant subpersonal mechanisms of sensory integration, suggesting hereby that they perform a normative function in overall economy of perception. This will lead me to analyse subsequently instances of multisensory perception from the first-personal perspective, and to argue that these experiences often have a clear, distinct phenomenology. Very generally then, the paper will outline the basic principles for a phenomenology of multisensory interaction.