The non-conceptual content of perceptual experience: Situation dependence and fineness of grain

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Sean Kelly
Harvard University
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I begin by examining a recent debate between John McDowell and Christopher Peacocke over whether the content of perceptual experience is non-conceptual. Although I am sympathetic to Peacocke’s claim that perceptual content is non-conceptual, I suggest a number of ways in which his arguments fail to make that case. This failure stems from an over-emphasis on the "fine-grainedness" of perceptual content - a feature that is relatively unimportant to its non-conceptual structure. I go on to describe two other features of perceptual experience that are more likely to be relevant to the claim that perceptual content is non-conceptual. These features are 1) the dependence of a perceived object on the perceptual context in which it is perceived and 2) the dependence of a perceived property on the object it is perceived to be a property of
Keywords Content  Dependence  Experience  Metaphysics  Perception  Mcdowell, J  Peacocke, C
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DOI 10.1111/j.1933-1592.2001.tb00076.x
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