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Title
Teleosemantics without Etiology
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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.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Philosophy of science : journal of the Philosophy of Science Association. - East Lansing, Mich., 1934, currens
Publication
East Lansing, Mich. : 2014
ISSN
0031-8248
1539-767X [e-ISSN]
Volume/pages
81:5(2014), p. 798-810
ISI
000345579400009
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UAntwerpen
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Last edited 17.06.2017
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