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Teleosemantics and Productivity

Martínez, Manolo (2011) Teleosemantics and Productivity. [Preprint]

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There has been much discussion of so-called teleosemantic approaches to the naturalisation of content. Such discussion, though, has been largely confined to simple, innate mental states with contents such as There is a fly here. Even assuming we can solve the issues that crop up at this stage, an account of the content of human mental states will not get too far without an account of productivity: the ability to entertain indefinitely many thoughts. The best-known teleosemantic theory, Millikan’s biosemantics, offers an account of productivity in thought. This paper raises a basic worry about this account: that the use of mapping functions in the theory is unacceptable from a naturalistic point of view.

Item Type:Preprint
Keywords:teleosemantics; productivity; Millikan; compositionality; indexicality
Subjects:Philosophy > Philosophy of Language
Philosophy > Philosophy of Mind
ID Code:7282
Deposited By:Martínez, Manolo
Deposited On:02 May 2011 18:13
Last Modified:02 May 2011 18:13

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