The Distinction Between Conceptual and Nonconceptual Content Chapter uri icon


  • Abstract The terminology of the conceptual/nonconceptual distinction was originally introduced by Gareth Evans to clarify the relation between perceptual states and what Evans termed the reasoning and concept-applying system. Evans's basic idea that perceptual experiences represent the environment in a manner independent of the perceiver's conceptual repertoire has antecedents in Dretske's distinction between analogue content and digital content. This way of using the conceptual/nonconceptual distinction has been developed most systematically by Christopher Peacocke, who has argued that we need a notion of nonconceptual content in order adequately to explain the epistemological dimension of concept possession an argument that, in turn, has attracted spirited critical discussion.

author list (cited authors)

  • Bermdez, J. L.

complete list of authors

  • Bermúdez, José Luis

Book Title

  • The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Mind

publication date

  • January 2009