Tying the Knot: Why Representationalists
Should Endorse the Sensorimotor Theory of Conscious Feel, DAVID SILVERMAN
For this purpose, representationalists
with naturalistic inclinations typically appeal to teleological theories of mental content.
Nor am I directly aware only of an inner content--an appearance--that is independent of the external object, as many representationalists
Consequently, categorizing analytic philosophers as representationalists
and pragmatists as inferentialists proves unhelpful if we hope to encourage open dialogue across the two traditions.
Inspired by the work of Descartes and Locke, sense-data representationalists
think that there must be some explanation for the regularities that we find at the immediate subjective level of visual experience.
The participants in these debates fall into two principal, largely self-defined groups: representationalists
believe that sensory data is completely unconceptualized; the human mind must filter this undifferentiated stuff through concepts before it can be understood as anything, as red or smooth or as an object such as a cup or ball.
typically think that controversies
Try to imagine how the gardens of Fairfield Porter comprehend their "historical moments," and you'll see how some representationalists
have so much more to give than others.
divide over one big question: what sort of intentional content is qualitative character to be identified with -- narrow or wide, internal or external?
Similar appeals to examples of mediated perception are made by other modern representationalists
like Ayer and O'Shaughnessy, and also by classical representationalists
such as Arnauld.
in philosophy of mind, such as Fodor, hold that thoughts are sentences (or sentence-like entities) that, qua representations, bear truth-conditions.