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Tamar Szabo Gendler and John Hawthorne

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199289769

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199289769.001.0001

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Nonconceptual Content, Richness, and Fineness of Grain

Nonconceptual Content, Richness, and Fineness of Grain

(p.504) 15 Nonconceptual Content, Richness, and Fineness of Grain
Perceptual Experience

Michael Tye

Oxford University Press

This chapter puts forth and defends three related claims about visual experience. First, it is argued that visual experiences have nonconceptual contents. Second, an explanation and defence is offered for the view that visual experience is representationally rich. This defence includes a discussion of several psychological experiments relating to sensory memory and change blindness. Finally, there is a discussion of how the thesis of richness relates to the thesis of fineness of grain, held most often in connection with our experiences of shades of colour. This discussion spells out the connection between the previously defended claims and the thesis that visual experiences have nonconceptual contents. In conclusion, the example of shape in visual experience is taken up as a potential problem for the thesis about nonconceptual content.

Keywords:   nonconceptual content, fineness of grain, representation, colour, visual experience, Sperling, sensory memory, rich content, change blindness, visual sensory memory

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