The Given: Experience and its Content by Michelle MontagueThe Given: Experience and its Content by Michelle Montague

The Given: Experience and its Content

byMichelle Montague

Hardcover | July 30, 2016

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What is given to us in conscious experience? The Given is an attempt to answer this question and in this way contribute to a general theory of mental content. The content of conscious experience is understood to be absolutely everything that is given to one, experientially, in the having of anexperience. Michelle Montague focuses on the analysis of conscious perception, conscious emotion, and conscious thought, and deploys three fundamental notions in addition to the fundamental notion of content: the notions of intentionality, phenomenology, and consciousness. She argues that allexperience essentially involves all four things, and that the key to an adequate general theory of what is given in experience - of "the given"- lies in giving a correct specification of the nature of these four things and the relations between them. Montague argues that conscious perception,conscious thought, and conscious emotion each have a distinctive, irreducible kind of phenomenology - what she calls "sensory phenomenology", "cognitive phenomenology", and "evaluative phenomenology" respectively - and that these kinds of phenomenology are essential in accounting for theintentionality of these mental phenomena.
Michelle Montague received a PhD in philosophy from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 2002. She is currently an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. She was previously an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Irvine, from 2002 to 2007 and a senior lecturer at the University of Bri...
Title:The Given: Experience and its ContentFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pagesPublished:July 30, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Intentionality, phenomenology, consciousness, and content2. A Brentanian theory of content3. Awareness of awareness4. P. F. Strawson's datum5. Brentanianism, standard representationalism, and Fregean representationalism6. Perception of physical objects: the phenomenological particularity fact7. Perception of physical objects: the access problem8. Cognitive phenomenology: what is given in conscious thought9. Evaluative phenomenology: what is given in conscious emotionConcluding remarks