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Non-conceptualism, observational concepts, and the given

Castellano, Federico (2018) Non-conceptualism, observational concepts, and the given. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 33 (3). pp. 401-416. ISSN 2171-679X

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Abstract

In “Study of Concepts”, Peacocke puts forward an argument for non-conceptualism derived from the possession conditions of observational concepts. In this paper, I raise two objections to this argument. First, I argue that if non-conceptual perceptual contents are scenario contents, then perceptual experiences cannot present perceivers with the circumstances specified by the application conditions of observational concepts and, therefore, they cannot play the semantic and epistemic roles Peacocke wants them to play in the possession conditions of these concepts. Second, I argue that if non-conceptual perceptual contents are protopropositions, then Peacocke’s account of the possession conditions of observational concepts falls into the Myth of the Given.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
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Castellano, Federicofedec15@gmail.com
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: Peacocke; concept possession; scenario contents; protopropositions; the Myth of the Given
Subjects: General Issues > Theory/Observation
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email theoria@ehu.es
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2018 20:30
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2018 20:30
Item ID: 15437
Journal or Publication Title: THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
Publisher: Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
Official URL: http://www.ehu.eus/ojs/index.php/THEORIA/article/v...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1387/theoria.17829
Subjects: General Issues > Theory/Observation
Date: September 2018
Page Range: pp. 401-416
Volume: 33
Number: 3
ISSN: 2171-679X
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15437

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