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Mock Job Talk: Jake Quilty-Dunn

December 13, 2016 @ 1:00 pm

The Format of Perceptual Representation
Jake Quilty-Dunn

Tuesday, December 13th, 1-3pm
Philosophy Department Thesis Room (GC 7113)

Abstract: A picture of a yawning tiger and the sentence ‘A tiger is yawning’ arguably represent the same content in different formats. Mental representations can also differ in format. A mental image, for example, might be in an iconic (picture-like) format,  while an abstract propositional thought might be in a discursive (language-like) format. Some philosophers and cognitive scientists — like Ned Block, Tyler Burge, and Susan Carey — argue that the difference between perception and cognition is explained by the fact that perceptual representations are iconic while cognitive representations are discursive. This talk argues that, while it is plausible that some perceptual representations are iconic, perceptual representations of objects are discursive and propositional just as thoughts are. Object perception involves genuinely perceptual processes that output thought-like structures. These features make object perception a plausible developmental and evolutionary origin of propositional structure and logical reasoning.


December 13, 2016
1:00 pm
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Thesis Room, CUNY GC

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