Tyler Burge

in Origins of Objectivity

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780199581405
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191723223 | DOI:

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This introductory chapter begins with a brief discussion of empirical representation, which is the most basic type of representation of the physical environment. It outlines the three primary themes of the book: that objective representation is the basic sort of representation; that objectivity and representation begin in perception; and that perception is a very widespread and primitive capacity, present in numerous animals other than human beings. The chapter then analyzes the syndrome that dominated 20th-century philosophizing regarding constitutive conditions for empirical representation of the physical environment. It presents the author's standpoint, which is grounded in anti-individualism. This view provides a starting point for distinguishing representation from broader correlational phenomena, and perception from more generic sensory capacities.

Keywords: empirical representation; physical world; objective representation; perception; anti-individualism; individual representationalism

Chapter.  12072 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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