Date of Degree
Tatiana Eloi Emmanouil
Cognition and Perception | Cognitive Psychology | Philosophy of Mind | Philosophy of Science | Theory and Philosophy
perception, cognition, representation, format, iconic, propositional
This dissertation is a defense of perceptual pluralism, the thesis that perceptual systems deliver multiple types of representations including those used in thought. In particular, it argues that perceptual systems output iconic (i.e., image-like, analog) representations as well as discursive (i.e., language-like, digital) states. A central thesis is that perceptual representations of objects are propositional and composed of concepts. It also develops a compositional syntax of iconic representation called the coordination model, according to which icons are sets of primitive parts, each of which determines values along multiple analog feature dimensions simultaneously. The dissertation supports the conclusion that perceptual processes are distinguished from cognition by encapsulation and stimulus control, not format.
Quilty-Dunn, James K., "Syntax and Semantics of Perceptual Representation" (2017). CUNY Academic Works.