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Essays on Nonconceptual Content : Bradford Books - York H. Gunther

Essays on Nonconceptual Content

Bradford Books

By: York H. Gunther (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st February 2003
ISBN: 9780262571616
Number Of Pages: 353
For Ages: 18+ years old

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According to the widespread conceptualist view, all mental contents are governed by concepts an individual possesses. In recent years, however, an increasing number of philosophers have argued for the indispensability of nonconceptual content based on perceptual, emotional, and qualitative experiences; informational and computational states; memory; and practical knowledge. Writers from disciplines as varied as the philosophy of mind, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, epistemology, linguistics, religious psychology, and aesthetics have challenged conceptualism.This book offers some of the most important work on nonconceptual content in the philosophy of mind and psychology. It is divided into four parts. Part 1 presents influential positions that have helped to shape the contemporary debate. Part 2 focuses on arguments informed specifically by the naturalization of intentionality or the characterization of computational structure. Part 3 offers various attempts at motivating the need for nonconceptual content based on experiential phenomena such as perception, emotion, and memory. Finally, part 4 considers whether nonconceptual content can be used to explain the behavior of entities lacking conceptual capacities in addition to the actions of individuals possessing concepts.

Acknowedgmentsp. ix
Contributorsp. xi
General Introductionp. 1
Sensation and Perception (1981)p. 25
Demonstrative Identification (1982)p. 43
Nonconceptual Content (1994)p. 75
Naturalism and Computation
What Might Nonconcptual Content Be?p. 95
Scenarios, Concepts, and Perception (1992)p. 107
Content, Conceptual Content, and Nonconceptual Content (1990)p. 133
Connectionism and Cognitive Flexibility (1994)p. 165
Nonconceptual Content: From Perceptual Experience to Subpersonal Computational States (1995)p. 183
The Nature of Experience
The Nonconceptual Content of Perceptual Experience: Situation Dependence and Fineness of Grain (2001)p. 223
The Waterfall Illusion (1988)p. 231
Perception, Concepts, and Memory (1992)p. 237
Perception, Sensation, and Nonconceptual Content (1994)p. 251
A Representational Theory of Pains and Their Phenomenal Characterp. 263
Emotion and Force (2003)p. 279
The Autonomy Thesis
Peacocke's Argument against the Autonomy of Nonconceptual Representational Content (1994)p. 293
Nonconceptual Content: Kinds, Rationales, and Relations (1994)p. 309
Referencesp. 323
Indexp. 333
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ISBN: 9780262571616
ISBN-10: 0262571617
Series: Bradford Books
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 353
Published: 1st February 2003
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 17.78  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.57