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[catalogued under 12. Knowledge Sources / B. Perception / 6. Inference in Perception]

Full Idea

The so-called 'myth of the given' is the view that conceptual content can be rationally supported by experiences construed as states with non-conceptual content.

Gist of Idea

The Myth of the Given claims that thought is rationally supported by non-conceptual experiences


Barry Maund (Perception [2003], Ch.10)

Book Reference

Maund,Barry: 'Perception' [Acumen 2003], p.201

A Reaction

The myth is attacked by Sellars and McDowell, the latter claiming that concepts must be embedded in the experiences. Maybe only realism is required to make the Given work. The experiences are definitely of something, and off we go...