Sensationism and the Problem of Perceptual Content. The Case of Condillac

Paweł Sikora

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12775/szhf.2019.034

Abstract


Sensationism and the Problem of Perceptual Content. Condillac’s Casus The aim of this article is to consider possible problems that might occur while connecting three problems of sensationism: a) source of sense knowledge; b) perceptual processes; c) real and empirical correlate of our knowledge. The juxtaposition of these three elements in Condillac’s thought leads to posing a question about the nature of perceptual content given in perception. The author of the thesis claims that Condillac’s standpoint – in spite of his declarations – contains certain proto-conceptual activity which functions simultaneously to our ability to experience sensations. The consequence of this ascertainment is that Condillac’s radical sensationism – in the version which is often presented – is very hard to defend. According to the author, Condillac may be considered one of the sources of Kant’s thought and implied as a source of the contemporary, analytic philosophy of perception.

Keywords


E. B. Condillac; sensationism; sensations; perceptual content; perceptual consciousness

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