How Husserl's and Searle's contextual model reformulates the discussion about the conceptual content of perception
I argue that Husserl's notion of horizon and Searle's notion of background offer a contextual model of perception that significantly reformulates the debate about the conceptual vs. nonconceptual content of perception. I illustrate the model by using a test case: the perception of an ancient Roman milestone—an example given by Husserl—which both Husserl and Searle consider to be a direct and immediate perception without inferences involved. I further differentiate Husserl's and Searle's views, arguing that Husserl's model has the advantage of accounting for the diachronic aspect of perception.
Vandevelde, P. (2017)., How Husserl's and Searle's contextual model reformulates the discussion about the conceptual content of perception, in R. Walton, S. Taguchi & R. Rubio (eds.), Perception, affectivity, and volition in Husserl's phenomenology, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 57-76.
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