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Preconceptual Representation

Jerry A. Fodor

in LOT 2

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548774
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191721106 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199548774.003.0006
Preconceptual Representation

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This chapter argues that at least some of the mental representations that are causally implicated in the formation of perceptual beliefs are indeed non-conceptual. The line of argument offered goes like this: on the one hand, it is (empirically) plausible that at least some of these representations are ‘iconic’ (rather than ‘discursive’); and, on the other hand, it is in the nature of iconic representations not to be conceptual.

Keywords: perceptual beliefs; mental representations; iconic representations

Chapter.  9074 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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