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ProtoSociology

Volume 22, 2006

Compositionality, Concepts and Representations II

Urszula Żegleń
Pages 99-119
DOI: 10.5840/protosociology20062223

From Representation and Identification to Misrepresentation and Misidentification

The paper advocates the representational approach to the cognitive system. The issue of representation is considered on the example of visual perception – wherein perception is treated as a complex cognitive process whose final stage is perceptual experience with non-conceptual content. A perceiver is not only able to individuate an external object, but to identify it visually as well. In the controversy between conceptualists and non-conceptualists I stand for the moderate position arguing for the claim that in the efficient human cognitive system non-conceptual perceptual representational content is complemented by conceptual one. The problem of misrepresentation in misleading perception is analyzed contextually as the problem of misidentification.

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