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Indexing the World? Visual Tracking, Modularity, and the Perception-Cognition Interface

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Publication date 2016
Author Echeverri Santiago,
Project Connaissance, preuves et pratique
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Volume (Issue) 67(1)
Page(s) 215 - 245
Title of proceedings The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
DOI 10.1093/bjps/axu033


Research in vision science, developmental psychology, and the foundations of cognitive science has led some theorists to posit referential mechanisms similar to indices. This hypothesis has been framed within a Fodorian conception of the early vision module. The paper shows that this conception is mistaken, for it cannot handle the ‘interface problem,’ roughly, how indexing mechanisms relate to higher cognition and conceptual thought. As a result, I reject the inaccessibility of early vision to higher cognition and make some constructive remarks on the perception–cognition interface.