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Does perceptual content have to be objective? A defence of nonconceptualism


Schmidt, Eva (2015). Does perceptual content have to be objective? A defence of nonconceptualism. Journal for General Philosophy of Science, 46(1):201-214.

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In this paper, I discuss the conceptualist claim that we cannot speak of perceptual content unless we assume it is objective content. The conceptualist argues that only conceptual content can meet the requirement of being objective, so that the view that perceptual experience has nonconceptual content is not tenable. I start out by presenting the argument from objectivity as it can be found in McDowell (Mind and world, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 1994b). I then present the following objections: First, perceptual objectivity cannot be due to the perceiver’s conception of objectivity; and second, even nonconceptual capacities of the individual cannot and need not be appealed to in order to account for objective perceptual content

Abstract

In this paper, I discuss the conceptualist claim that we cannot speak of perceptual content unless we assume it is objective content. The conceptualist argues that only conceptual content can meet the requirement of being objective, so that the view that perceptual experience has nonconceptual content is not tenable. I start out by presenting the argument from objectivity as it can be found in McDowell (Mind and world, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 1994b). I then present the following objections: First, perceptual objectivity cannot be due to the perceiver’s conception of objectivity; and second, even nonconceptual capacities of the individual cannot and need not be appealed to in order to account for objective perceptual content

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Philosophy
Dewey Decimal Classification:100 Philosophy
Uncontrolled Keywords:Nonconceptual content, Perceptual experience, Objectivity Intentionalism
Language:English
Date:2015
Deposited On:02 Nov 2017 07:30
Last Modified:19 Mar 2018 01:00
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0925-4560
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/s10838-015-9289-5

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