Grammar and the contents of perception




anti-representationalism;, Representationalism;, McDowell;, Travis, Heidegger, conceptualism


This paper aims to critically discuss representationalist and anti-representationalist positions regarding perceptual experience—at the same time as it seeks to take a stand in favor of the former rather than the latter. Taking as starting point the so-called “McDowell-Travis Debate”, we intend to hold two possible notions of seeing as/seeing that to respond Travis’s anti-representationalist argument: on the one hand, McDowell’s idea that thinkables can figure as contents of perceptual experience; on the other, a phenomenological and Heideggerian
proposal that takes the content of perceptual experience in terms of its meaning.

Author Biography

Daniel Debarry, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

Doutorando em filosofia pela Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, UFMG.


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