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Philosophers' Imprint Vol. 11, No. 15


© 2011 Colin McLear


Consider two different ways of characterizing the cognitive requirements necessary for perceptual awareness of an objective physical world.1 On the one hand, objective perceptual awareness may only require the sensory capacity for awareness of particular physical individuals and their features, perhaps along with the minimal kinds of cognitive processing needed to integrate received sensory information with behavior. On the other hand, objective perceptual awareness may require not only these low-level cognitive capacities but also conceptual capacities, or perhaps even specific concepts.2 Call these two lines of thought regarding objective perpetual awareness non-conceptualism and conceptualism respectively.

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