Title
Teleosemantics without Etiology Teleosemantics without Etiology
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Arts. Philosophy
Publication type
article
Publication
East Lansing, Mich. ,
Subject
Philosophy
History
Source (journal)
Philosophy of science : journal of the Philosophy of Science Association. - East Lansing, Mich., 1934, currens
Volume/pages
81(2014) :5 , p. 798-810
ISSN
0031-8248
ISI
000345579400009
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
The aim of teleosemantics is to give a scientifically respectable or 'naturalistic' theory of mental content. This paper focuses on one of the key concepts of teleosemantics: biological function. It has been universally accepted in the teleosemantics literature that the account of biological function one should use to flesh out teleosemantics is that of etiological function. My claim is that if we replace this concept of function with an alternative one and if we also restrict the scope of teleosemantics, we can arrive at an account of biologizing mental content that is much less problematic than the previous attempts.
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