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Feb 2003
ISBN 0262072394
353 pp.
4 illus.
Essays on Nonconceptual Content
York H. Gunther
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.
Table of Contents
 General Introduction
1 Sensation and Perception (1981)
by Fred Dretske
2 Demonstrative Identification (1982)
by Gareth Evans
3 Nonconceptual Content (1994)
by John McDowell
II Naturalism and Computation
4 What Might Nonconceptual Content Be? (1998)
by Robert Stalnaker
5 Scenarios, Concepts, and Perception (1992)
by Christopher Peacocke
6 Content, Conceptual Content, and Nonconceptual Content (1990)
by Adrian Cussins
7 Connectionism and Cognitive Flexibility (1994)
by Andy Clark
8 Nonconceptual Content: From Perceptual Experience to Subpersonal Computational States (1995)
by José Luis Bermúdez
 The Nature of Experience
9 The Nonconceptual Content of Perceptual Experience: Situation Dependence and Fineness of Grain (2001)
by Sean Kelly
10 The Waterfall Illusion (1988)
by Tim Crane
11 Perception, Concepts, and Memory (1992)
by Michael Martin
12 Perception, Concepts, and Memory (1992)
by Michael Martin
13 A Representational Theory of Pains and Their Phenomenal Character (1997)
by Michael Tye
14 Emotion and Force (2003)
by York H. gunther
 Part IV The Autonomy Thesis
15 Peacocke's Argument against the Autonomy of Nonconceptual Representational Content (1994)
by José Luis Bermúdez
16 Nonconceptual Content: Kinds, Rationales, and Relations (1994)
by Christopher Peacocke

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