What is it about?
Philosophers often claim that whereas the content of belief is conceptual and involves linguistic representations, the content of perception and other cognitive states is non-conceptual. Differences in the kind of content are generally explained by saying that whereas the representations underlying conceptual content are language-like, non-conceptual content involves iconic representations. Based on the case of map-like representations, we aim to criticize this dichotomy. We argue that, unlike sentences, maps obey a spatial isomorphism. Unlike icons, maps are composed of semantically arbitrary elements that play different syntactic roles and thus have conceptual content. Finally, we say that -despite their differences- maps and sentences can interact with each other in inferential processes. By these considerations, we want to challenge the view that conceptual content and inferential processes necessarily involve linguistic representations and develop a new perspective for thinking about maps and their logical relations with linguistic systems.
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Why is it important?
Our paper provides some cues to figure out how our different kinds of mental states might interact in rational ways.
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This page is a summary of: Maps, Language, and the Conceptual–Non-Conceptual Distinction, Grazer Philosophische Studien, November 2020, Brill,
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Cartographic structures and heterogeneous reasoning
The goal of this project is to analyze different sorts of reasoning that combine maps with representations with different formats, such as linguistic representations, i. e. sentences. The idea is to highlight the nature of those logical heterogeneous interactions and their impact on cognition.
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