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Thomas Reid’s theory of sensory perception has been widely examined in recent years. Commentators have been more or less united in the claim that Reid treats the visual perception of the shape, or figure, of objects in a way significantly different from the way in which he treats sensory perception through the other sense modalities, and even from the way in which he treats the visual perception of color. This paper argues that the recent secondary literature is mistaken in this regard. I argue that Reid treats the visual perception of shape no differently from the way in which he treats, say, the tactile perception of hardness.
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