Title
Function, modality, mental content : a response to Kiritani Function, modality, mental content : a response to Kiritani
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Arts. Philosophy
Publication type
article
Publication
,
Subject
Psychology
Source (journal)
The journal of mind and behavior. - Place of publication unknown
Volume/pages
32(2011) :2 , p. 85-88
ISSN
0271-0137
ISI
000297081400001
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
I clarify some of the details of the modal theory of function I outlined in Nanay (2010): (a) I explicate what it means that the function of a token biological trait is fixed by modal facts; (b) I address an objection to my trait type individuation argument against etiological function; and (c) I examine the consequences of replacing the etiological theory of function with a modal theory for the prospects of using the concept of biological function to explain mental content.
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