Content is pragmatic: Comments on Nicholas Shea's Representation in cognitive science

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Abstract

Nicholas Shea offers what he takes to be a naturalistic account of representational content in cognitive science. I argue that the account secures determinate content only by appeal to pragmatic considerations, and so it fails to respect naturalism. But that is fine, because representational content is not, strictly speaking, necessary for explanation in cognitive science. Even in Shea's own account, content serves only a variety of heuristic functions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)368-376
Number of pages9
JournalMind and Language
Volume35
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Philosophy
  • Linguistics and Language

Keywords

  • cognitive science
  • content
  • explanation
  • heuristic
  • naturalism
  • representation

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