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(2012) Knowing without thinking, Dordrecht, Springer.

The background as intentional, conscious, and nonconceptual

Michael Schmitz

pp. 57-82

The common understanding of intentionality and consciousness is still so dominated by thought and linguistic representation that even those who see that thought and language require a background of more basic know-how often conceive it as being pre-intentional, non-representational, and non-conscious. In this chapter, I want to argue that the background is non-conceptual rather than non-representational and non-conscious, and that it is conscious and intentional in the sense that background know-how essentially manifests itself in conscious and intentional episodes and performances, in perceptual and actional experiences with non-conceptual intentional content, in experiences of familiarity or surprise, or in the sense of being ready and knowing how to do things.

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DOI: 10.1057/9780230368064_4

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Schmitz, M. (2012)., The background as intentional, conscious, and nonconceptual, in Z. Radman (ed.), Knowing without thinking, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 57-82.

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