Perception, nonconceptual content, and immunity to error through misidentification

Arnon Cahen*, Kristina Musholt

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is twofold. First, we clarify the notion of immunity to error through misidentification with respect to the first-person pronoun (IEM). In particular, we set out to dispel the view that for a judgment to be IEM it must contain a token of a certain class of predicates. Rather, the importance of the IEM status of certain judgments is that it teaches us about privileged ways of coming to know about ourselves. We then turn to examine how perception, as a state with nonconceptual content, can give rise to judgments that are IEM. On one view, the ‘inheritance model’ of immunity, perception gives rise to such judgments because perception itself is IEM. We argue that this model is misguided, and, instead, suggest and elucidate an alternative view: perception gives rise to judgments that are IEM by virtue of containing implicitly self-related or self-concerning information.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)703-723
Number of pages21
JournalInquiry (United Kingdom)
Volume60
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - 3 Oct 2017
Externally publishedYes

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