The Structure of Nonconceptual Content (European Review of by Christine van Geen, Frédérique de Vignemont

By Christine van Geen, Frédérique de Vignemont

Can techniques signify subtleties in feelings, physically sensations, and perceptions? what's the nature of psychological representations in nonlinguistic and prelinguistic creatures? the eu assessment of Philosophy, quantity 6 tackles matters resembling those through asking how some distance the analogy among conceptual and nonconceptual content material may be carried. by means of bringing jointly contributions from either conceptualists and nonconceptualists, this quantity sheds new gentle on a subject matter certain to curiosity cognitive scientists and philosophers of mind.      

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This supposedly creates difficulty for any coarse-grained view of the content of experience. There is no real difficulty, however. Ask someone in the El Greco world to trace out in space the shape of something that looks square to her. What will this person draw? A long, thin rectangle? I think not: kinaesthetic feedback will tell her that cannot be right. A square? Again, I think not: that will not look right. Ask this person to feel out the shape of an object that looks square to her. How will it feel?

To point to the best explanation is to point to a much needed avenue of future research. (Though there are experimental findings that already bear on this phenomenological datum. For example, one line of 5 Please see my “Perceptual Engagement with the World” for an extended discussion of this point.. 6 ) Consider that self-standing representational content -- that does not depend on its objects and properties causally and does not involve the objects and properties in the representational content – can be maintained or recalled in the absence of the represented individuals and properties.

X looks to have two vertical sides; Y does not. X looks to have two horizontal sides; Y does not. Y looks to have inclined sides; X does not. Example 2 26 / MICHAEL TYE In this example, the square, X, inside the rectangle on the left, can look square. When it does so, it looks different from the figure, Y, on the right. Here again, there is a difference in (viewer-relative) properties represented. When X looks square, X looks to have an inclined base; Y does not. In such circumstances, X looks tilted; Y does not.

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