Middlebury

Perception: Origins of Mind (Tyler Burge, UCLA)

I sketch two notions of representation. One applies to states of plants and bacteria as well as to psychological states. The other applies exclusively to distinctively psychological states. I hold that the latter type of representation marks one of the two primary marks of the mental. (The other mark is consciousness.) I argue that representation in a distinctively psychological sense emerges first in perception. I sketch some primary features of perception, with special reference to findings of the science of perceptual psychology.

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