The distinction between sense perception and cognition is basic to our pre-scientific conception of the mind, and has been of momentous importance in the history of philosophy. Recent developments in philosophy and the cognitive sciences, though, call for re-examination of the difference between sense and thought.
In light of these new developments, a thorough investigation that focuses directly on the boundary between these two central mental capacities is called for. Is there a clear distinction at all? Is there one contrast or many? Is there continuity or discontinuity? If there is an important distinction, how is it to be characterized? In order to understand the boundary between perception and cognition, a novel and systematic approach is needed. We will consider four aspects of the boundary between perception and cognition and their interrelations: temporality, conceptuality, modularity, and immediacy.
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