What versus how in naturally selected representations
Author: Elder, C.
Source: Mind, Volume 107, Number 426, April 1998 , pp. 349-363(15)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Abstract:Empty judgements appear to be about something, and inaccurate judgements to report something. Naturalism tries to explain these appearances without positing non-real objects or states of affairs. Biological naturalism explains that the false and the empty are tokens which fail to perform the function proper to their biological type. But if truth is a biological 'supposed to', we should expect designs that achieve it only often enough. The sensory stimuli which trigger the frog's gulp-launching signal may be a poor guide to the signal's content. Teleosemantics should be anti-verificationist.
Document Type: Original Article
Affiliations: Department of Philosophy, U-54, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut 06269-2054, USA email@example.com
Publication date: 1998-04-01
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