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Our symposium addresses the question of perceptual content, in particular the range of properties that perception produces without the aid of cognition, and how culture and experience change these outputs. We offer a variety of perspectives on these issues. Tim Bayne (Western Ontario) argues for the liberal view that perceptual content includes high-level representational properties, such as scene gist and ensemble properties, contents that are affected by the culture in which one finds oneself. Taking a more conservative view, Eric Mandelbaum (CUNY) presents data that suggest that perception categorizes only basic-level and evolutionarily significant properties (e.g., causation, agency) without the aid of cognition. Ian Phillips (Oxford) offers evidence that the data used to underwrite arguments about perceptual and phenomenal content are in fact neutral on the question of content, and concludes that we still don't know how to move beyond introspection in approaching the question of content.
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