Grazer Philosophische Studien 46:197-212 (1993)

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Anne Louise Bezuidenhout
University of South Carolina
Abstract
In Holism: A Shopper's Guide Fodor and LePore contend that there could be punctate minds; minds capable of being in only a single type of representational state. The Kantian idea that the construction of perceptual representations requires the synthesizing activity of the mind is invoked to argue against the possibility of punctate minds. Fodor's commitment to an inferential theory of perception is shown to share crucial assumptions with the Kantian view and hence to lead to the same conclusion. The argument from the need for synthesis is then extended beyond the perceptual case to mental representation in general.
Keywords Analytic Philosophy
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ISBN(s) 0165-9227
DOI 10.5840/gps1993469
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