SOPhiA 2013

Salzburgiense Concilium Omnibus Philosophis Analyticis

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Programm - Vortrag

Farben, Tiere und Inhalt - Gibt es nicht-begrifflichen Inhalt?
(Philosophie des Geistes, Englisch)

A According to some studies, creatures like honeybees or human infants, whom are considered to be without concept, can perceive colour constancy. If these studies are correct, they can provide appropriate reasons for believing non-conceptualism and suggest that it may be possible for us to have a content of colour experience without a conceptual content.

Against this, I raise two issues. First, we cannot share an animal's inner experience; what we can get from animal's behaviour is only the appearance of causality between animals' reactions and objects. Second, the explanation for a certain type of data processing/reaction of stimuli cannot be the same as an explanation of the content of experience.

Regarding causality, I briefly examine the normativity of concepts in order to distinguish 'reaction to stimuli with concepts' from mere reactions. If animals' reactions to stimuli lack normativity, then what we learn is only that there is causality between them. If so, it is hard to know whether animals have contents of stimuli in their experience simply through the appearance of such a causal relationship.

Finally, I will conclude that we need to take care with this, because such non-conceptual approaches can lead us to believe that the content of experience is sometimes mysterious.

Chair: Sebastian Müller
Zeit: 15:30-16:00, 14. September 2013 (Samstag)
Ort: HS 107

Tae-Kyung Kim
(University of York, UK)

Tae-Kyung Kim (PhD candidate in philosophy). University of York. 2004 BA in philosophy; 2006 MLAP Oklahoma City University; 2008 MA in philosophy; thesis about Qunine's Indeterminacy Thesis and The Possibility of Communication.

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