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Concepts, attention, and perception

Pelling, Charlie (2008) Concepts, attention, and perception. Philosophical Papers 37 (2), pp. 213-242. ISSN 0556-8641.

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Abstract

According to the conceptualist view in the philosophy of perception, we must possess concepts for all the objects, properties and relations which feature in our perceptual experiences. In this paper, I investigate the possibility of developing an argument against the conceptualist view by appealing to the notion of attention. In Part One, I begin by setting out an apparently promising version of such an argument, a version which appeals to a link between attention and perceptual demonstrative concept possession. In Part Two, however, I show how the conceptualist can challenge what appears to be the key premise of the argument, and I go on to describe, in Part Three, an important further difficulty which we face if we attempt to overcome this challenge in a particular way. My conclusion will be that the conceptualist’s challenge to the argument is convincing and hence that the argument remains inconclusive.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article whose final and definitive form, the Version of Record, has been published in Philosophical Papers 2008 [copyright Taylor & Francis], available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/05568640809485220
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Philosophy
Depositing User: Dr. Charlie Pelling
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2012 09:40
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:33
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/5174

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