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Frederique de Vignemont, "Feeling the world as being here"

Is the perception of the space immediately surrounding the body, also known as peripersonal space, a specific type of perception or not? On the one hand, a vast array of experimental results has recently shown that there is something specific in the way we perceive peripersonal space by contrast with the perception of what lays farther away. On the other hand, peripersonal experiences seem to be subjectively indistinguishable from the experiences of far space: we seem to be 4 presented with a continuous visual field devoid of phenomenology boundary between what is close and what is far. Here I shall not decide what matters most, computational differences or phenomenological unity. Instead, I will examine in detail peripersonal phenomenology. I will argue that it is characterized by a dual character. It involves sensory phenomenology, which is not specific to peripersonal perception. It also involves a specific feeling of presence, which I call the feeling of here-ness. This feeling, which is the conscious output of a primitive embodied herenotion, constitutes a positive mark for peripersonal experiences that makes them subjectively distinguishable from other types of perceptual experiences.