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Non-Conceptual Content And Objectivity, Daniel Hutto Jan 1998

Non-Conceptual Content And Objectivity, Daniel Hutto

Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts - Papers

In recent times the question of whether or not there is such a thing as nonconceptual content has been the object of much serious attention. For analytical philosophers, the locus classicus of the view that there is such a phenomena is to be found in Evans remarks about perceptual experience in Varieties of Reference. He famously wrote:

In general, we may regard a perceptual experience as an informational state of the subject: it has a certain content -- the world is represented a certain way -- and hence it permits of a non-derivative classification as true or false. For an internal state ...