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Thomas Reid's Theory of Perception$
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Ryan Nichols

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199276912

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199276912.001.0001

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Intentional Awareness

Intentional Awareness

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(p.41) 2 Intentional Awareness
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Thomas Reid's Theory of Perception
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Ryan Nichols (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199276912.003.0003

This chapter focuses on the nature of conceptual awareness. Reid characterizes the type of conceptual awareness of interest to his theory of perception as a special subspecies of conception, what he calls apprehension. Apprehension is responsible for the presentation of mind-independent objects directly to the mind. Reid describes the conceptual state that apprehension produces as an ‘immanent act of the mind’. This is an intentional state because it necessarily takes objects. Apprehensions thus differ from other mental states, such as moods, which are not intentional.

Keywords:   Thomas Reid, conceptual awareness, theory of perception, apprehension, mental states

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