Georges Rey University of Maryland, College Park
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  1. Steven Gross & Georges Rey (forthcoming). Innateness. In Eric Margolis, Richard Samuels & Stephen Stich (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Cognitive Science. Oxford University Press.
    A survey of innateness in cognitive science, focusing on (1) what innateness might be, and (2) whether concepts might be innate.
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  2. Georges Rey (forthcoming). Les Phrases sensationnelLes. Les Etudes Philosophiques.
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  3. Georges Rey (2014). Innate and Learned: Carey, Mad Dog Nativism, and the Poverty of Stimuli and Analogies (Yet Again). Mind and Language 29 (2):109-132.
    In her recent (2009) book, The Origins of Concepts, Susan Carey argues that what she calls ‘Quinean Bootstrapping’ and processes of analogy in children show that the expressive power of a mind can be increased in ways that refute Jerry Fodor's (1975, 2008) ‘Mad Dog’ view that all concepts are innate. I argue that it is doubtful any evidence about the manifestation of concepts in children will bear upon the logico-semantic issues of expressive power. Analogy and bootstrapping may be ways (...)
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  4. Georges Rey (2013). L4 The Possibility of a Naturalistic Cartesianism Regarding Intuitions and Introspection. In Matthew C. Haug (ed.), Philosophical Methodology: The Armchair or the Laboratory? Routledge. 243.
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  5. Georges Rey (2012). Externalism and Inexistence in Early Content. In R. Schantz (ed.), Prospects for Meaning. de Gruyter.
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  6. Georges Rey (2012). The Turing Thesis Vs. The Turing Test. The Philosophers' Magazine 57 (57):84-89.
  7. Georges Rey (2011). The Unavailability of What We Mean. Grazer Philosophische Studien 46:61-101.
    Fodor and LePore's attack on conceptual role semantics relies on Quine's attack on the traditional analytic/synthetic and a priori/a posteriori distinctions, which in turn consists of four arguments: an attack on truth by convention; an appeal to revisability; a claim of confirmation holism; and a charge of explanatory vacuity. Once the different merits of these arguments are sorted out, their proper target can be seen to be not the Traditional Distinctions, but an implicit assumption about their superficial availability that we (...)
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  8. Georges Rey (2010). Concepts Versus Conceptions (Again). Behavioral and Brain Sciences 33 (2-3):221-222.
    Machery neglects the crucial role of concepts in psychological explanation, as well as the efforts of numerous of the last 40 years to provide an account of that role. He rightly calls attention to the wide variation in people's epistemic relations to concepts but fails to appreciate how externalist and kindred proposals offer the needed stability in concepts themselves that underlies that variation.
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  9. Georges Rey (2009). Review of Edouard Machery, Doing Without Concepts. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2009 (7).
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  10. Michael Tetzlafir & Georges Rey (2009). Systematicity and Intentional Realism in Honeybee Navigation. In Robert W. Lurz (ed.), The Philosophy of Animal Minds. Cambridge University Press. 72.
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  11. Georges Rey (2008). Demonstrating What You See? Trends in Cognitive Sciences 12 (9):325-326.
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  12. Georges Rey (2008). (Even Higher-Order) Intentionality Without Consciousness. Revue Internationale de Philosophie 1:51-78.
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  13. Georges Rey (2008). In Defense of Folieism. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 8 (2):177-202.
    According to the “Folieism” I have been recently defending, communication is a kind of folie à deux in which speakers and hearers enjoy a stable and innocuous illusion of producing and hearing standard linguistic entities (“SLE”s) that are seldom if ever actually produced. In the present paper, after summarizing the main points of the view, I defend it against efforts of Barber, Devitt and Miščević to rescue SLEs in terms of social, response-dependent proposals. I argue that their underlying error is (...)
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  14. Georges Rey, Alex Barber, John Collins, Michael Devitt & Dunja Jutronic (2008). Philosophy of Linguistics. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 8 (23).
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  15. Georges Rey (2007). Phenomenal Content and the Richness and Determinacy of Colour Experience. Journal of Consciousness Studies 14 (s 9-10):112-131.
  16. Georges Rey (2007). Resisting Normativism in Psychology. In Brian P. McLaughlin & Jonathan D. Cohen (eds.), Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Mind. Blackwell.
    “Intentional content,” as I understand it, is whatever serves as the object of “propositional” attitude verbs, such as “think,” “judge,” “represent,” “prefer” (whether or not these objects are “propositions”). These verbs are standardly used to pick out the intentional states invoked to explain the states and behavior of people and many animals. I shall take the “normativity of the intentional,” or “Normativism,” to be the claim that any adequate theory of intentional states involves considerations of value not essentially involved in (...)
     
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  17. Georges Rey (2006). Better to Study Human Than World Psychology - Commentary on Galen Strawson's Realistic Monism: Why Physicalism Entails Panpsychism. Journal of Consciousness Studies 13 (10-11):110-116.
     
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  18. Georges Rey (2006). Better to Study Human Than World Psychology. Journal of Consciousness Studies 13 (s 10-11):110-116.
    Commentary on Galen Strawson's 'Realistic Monism: Why Physicalism Entails Panpsychism'.
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  19. Georges Rey (2006). Conventions, Intuitions and Linguistic Inexistents. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 6 (3):549-569.
    Elsewhere I have argued that standard theories of linguistic competence are committed to taking seriously talk of “representations of” standard linguistic entities (“SLEs”), such as NPs, VPs, morphemes, phonemes, syntactic and phonetic features. However, it is very doubtful there are tokens of these “things” in space and time. Moreover, even if were, their existence would be completely inessential to the needs of either communication or serious linguistic theory. Their existence is an illusion: an extremely stable perceptual state we regularly enter (...)
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  20. Georges Rey (2006). The Intentional Inexistence of Language—but Not Cars. In Robert J. Stainton (ed.), Contemporary Debates in Cognitive Science. Malden Ma: Blackwell Publishing. 237--55.
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  21. Georges Rey (2005). Explanation, Not Experience: Commentary on John Campbell,Reference and Consciousness. [REVIEW] Philosophical Studies 126 (1):131 - 143.
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  22. Georges Rey (2005). Mind, Intentionality and Inexistence. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 5 (3):389-415.
    The present article articulates the strategy of much of my work to date, which has been concerned to understand how we can possibly come to have any objective understanding of the mind. Generally, I align myself with those who think the best prospect of such an understanding lies in a causal/computational/representational theory of thought (CRTT). However, there is a tendency in recent developments of this and related philosophical views to burden the crucial property of intentionality with what I call Strong (...)
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  23. Georges Rey (2005). Replies to Critics. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 5 (3):465-480.
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  24. S. Dubal, G. Rey, K. Knoblauch & R. Jouvent (2004). The Effect of Contrast on Affective Ratings in Normal and Anhedonic Subjects. In Robert Schwartz (ed.), Perception. Malden Ma: Blackwell Publishing. 132.
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  25. Georges Rey (2004). A Deflated Intentionalist Alternative to Clark's Unexplanatory Metaphysics. Philosophical Psychology 17 (4):519-540.
    Throughout his discussion, Clark speaks constantly of phenomenal and qualitative properties. But properties, like any other posited entities, ought to earn their explanatory keep, and this I don't think Clark's phenomenal or qualitative properties actually do. I argue that all the work he enlists for them could be done better by purely intentional contents of our sentient states; that is, they could better be regarded as mere intentional properties, not real ones. Clark eschews such intentionalism, but I see no reason (...)
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  26. Georges Rey (2004). Fodor's Ingratitude and Change of Heart? Mind and Language 19 (1):70-84.
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  27. Georges Rey (2004). Millikan's Compromised Externalism. In Richard Schantz (ed.), The Externalist Challenge. De Gruyter. 2--347.
  28. Georges Rey (2004). The Rashness of Traditional Rationalism and Empiricism. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 34 (Supplement):227-258.
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  29. Georges Rey (2003). Chomsky, Intentionality, and a CRTT. In Louise M. Antony (ed.), Chomsky and His Critics. Malden Ma: Blackwell Publishing. 105--139.
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  30. Georges Rey (2003). Intentional Content and a Chomskian Linguistics. In Alex Barber (ed.), Epistemology of Language. Oxford University Press. 140--186.
     
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  31. Georges Rey (2003). Language of Thought. In L. Nadel (ed.), Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science. Nature Publishing Group.
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  32. Georges Rey (2003). Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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  33. Georges Rey (2003). Searle's Misunderstandings of Functionalism and Strong AI. In John M. Preston & Michael A. Bishop (eds.), Views Into the Chinese Room: New Essays on Searle and Artificial Intelligence. Oxford University Press. 201--225.
     
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  34. Georges Rey (2003). The Analytic/Synthetic Distinction. In Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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  35. Georges Rey (2003). Why Wittgenstein Ought to Have Been a Computationalist (and What a Computationalist Can Gain From Wittgenstein). Croatian Journal of Philosophy 3 (9):231-264.
    Wittgenstein’s views invite a modest, functionalist account of mental states and regularities, or more specifically a causal/computational, representational theory of the mind (CRTT). It is only by understandingWittgenstein’s remarks in the context of a theory like CRTT that his insights have any real force; and it is only by recognizing those insights that CRTT can begin to account for sensations and our thoughts about them. For instance, Wittgenstein’s (in)famous remark that “an inner process stands in need of outward criteria” (PI:§580), (...)
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  36. Georges Rey (2002). Problems with Dreyfus' Dialectic. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 1 (4):403-408.
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  37. Georges Rey (2001). Digging Deeper for the a Priori. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 63 (3):649–656.
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  38. Georges Rey (2001). Physicalism and Psychology: A Plea for a Substantive Philosophy of Mind. In Carl Gillett & Barry M. Loewer (eds.), Physicalism and its Discontents. Cambridge University Press.
     
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  39. Georges Rey (2001). Review: Digging Deeper for the A Priori. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 63 (3):649 - 656.
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  40. T. O. Nelson & G. Rey (2000). Metacognition and Consciousness [Special Issue]. Consciousness and Cognition 9 (2 pt 1):2000-0433.
     
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  41. Georges Rey (2000). Role, Not Content: Comments on David Rosenthal's "Consciousness, Content, and Metacognitive Judgments". Consciousness and Cognition 9 (2):224-230.
  42. Georges Rey (1998). A Naturalistic A Priori. Philosophical Studies 92 (1/2):25 - 43.
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  43. Georges Rey (1998). A Narrow Representationalist Account of Qualitative Experience. Philosophical Perspectives 12 (S12):435-58.
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  44. Georges Rey (1998). What Implicit Conceptions Are Unlikely to Do. Philosophical Issues 9:93-104.
  45. Georges Rey (1997). Contemporary Philosophy of Mind: A Contentiously Classical Approach. Blackwell.
  46. Georges Rey (1997). Language, Music and Mind. Philosophical Review 106 (4):641-646.
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  47. J. Fodor, Replies In B. Loewer & G. Rey (1996). Folk Psychology From the Standpoint of Conceptual Analysis. In William T. O'Donohue & Richard F. Kitchener (eds.), The Philosophy of Psychology. Sage Publications.
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  48. Georges Rey (1996). Resisting Primitive Compulsions. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 56 (2):419-424.
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  49. Georges Rey (1996). Review: Resisting Primitive Compulsions. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 56 (2):419 - 424.
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  50. David L. Kemmerer, Kenneth Aizawa, Donald H. Berman, Stacey L. Edgar, James E. Tomberlin, J. Christopher Maloney, John L. Bell, Stuart C. Shapiro, Georges Rey, Morton L. Schagrin, Robert A. Wilson & Patrick J. Hayes (1995). Book Reviews. [REVIEW] Minds and Machines 5 (3):411-465.
  51. Paul M. Pietroski & Georges Rey (1995). When Other Things Aren't Equal: Saving Ceteris Paribus Laws From Vacuity. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 46 (1):81-110.
    A common view is that ceteris paribus clauses render lawlike statements vacuous, unless such clauses can be explicitly reformulated as antecedents of ?real? laws that face no counterinstances. But such reformulations are rare; and they are not, we argue, to be expected in general. So we defend an alternative sufficient condition for the non-vacuity of ceteris paribus laws: roughly, any counterinstance of the law must be independently explicable, in a sense we make explicit. Ceteris paribus laws will carry a plethora (...)
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  52. G. Rey (1995). Block's Philosophical Anosognosia. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 18 (2):266.
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  53. Georges Rey (1995). A Not "Merely Empirical" Argument for the Language of Thought. Philosophical Perspectives 9:201-22.
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  54. Georges Rey (1995). Dennett's Unrealistic Psychology. Philosophical Topics 22 (1/2):259-89.
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  55. Georges Rey (1995). Toward a Projectivist Account of Conscious Experience. In Thomas Metzinger (ed.), Conscious Experience. Ferdinand Schoningh. 123--42.
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  56. Barry Loewer, Georges Rey, Don Macniven & Creative Morality (1994). EVANS, GR, Philosophy and Theology in the Middle Ages, London, Roulledge, 1993,£ 8.99 Pb. FLANAGAN, OWEN, Consciousness. Cogito 8:101.
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  57. Georges Rey (1994). Wittgenstein, Computationalism, and Qualia. In Roberto Casati, B. Smith & Stephen L. White (eds.), Philosophy and the Cognitive Sciences. Holder-Pichler-Tempsky.
  58. Georges Rey (1993). Holism: A Consumer Update. Amsterdam: Rodopi.
  59. Georges Rey (1993). Idealized Conceptual Roles. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 53 (3):647 - 652.
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  60. Georges Rey (1993). Sensational Sentences. In Martin Davies & Glyn W. Humphreys (eds.), Consciousness: Philosophical and Psychological Essays. Blackwell.
     
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  61. Georges Rey (1993). The Unavailability of What We Mean: A Reply to Quine, Fodor and Lepore. In Holism: A Consumer Update. Amsterdam: Rodopi. 61-101.
    Fodor and LePore's attack on conceptual role semantics relies on Quine's attack on the traditional analytic/synthetic and a priori/a posteriori distinctions, which in turn consists of four arguments: an attack on truth by convention; an appeal to revisability; a claim of confirmation holism; and a charge of explanatory vacuity. Once the different merits of these arguments are sorted out, their proper target can be seen to be not the Traditional Distinctions, but an implicit assumption about their superficial availability that we (...)
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  62. Georges Rey (1993). Why Presume Analyses Are on-Line? Behavioral and Brain Sciences 16 (1):74.
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  63. Georges Rey (1992). Semantic Externalism and Conceptual Competence. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 66:315-33.
    Supplements externalist "locking" theories of content with an account of internal "conceptions" by which thoughts lock onto environmental kinds, with that aid of dthat operators, thus solving various philosophical problems.
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  64. Georges Rey (1992). Sensational Sentences Reversed. Philosophical Studies 68 (3):289-319.
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  65. Georges Rey (1992). Sensational Sentences Switched. Philosophical Studies 68 (3):289 - 319.
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  66. Michael Devitt & Georges Rey (1991). Transcending Transcendentalism. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 72 (June):87-100.
     
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  67. Georges Rey (1991). An Explanatory Budget for Connectionism and Eliminativism. In Terence E. Horgan & John L. Tienson (eds.), Connectionism and the Philosophy of Mind. Kluwer. 219--240.
  68. Georges Rey (1991). Reasons for Doubting the Existence of Even Epiphenomenal Consciousness. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 14 (4):691-692.
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  69. Georges Rey (1991). Sensations in a Language of Thought. Philosophical Issues 1:73-112.
  70. Georges Rey (1990). Transcending Paradigms. Metaphilosophy 21 (4):447-455.
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  71. Georges Rey (1990). Constituent Causation and the Reality of Mind. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 13 (4):620-621.
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  72. Georges Rey (1988). Sanity Surrounded by Madness. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 11 (1):48.
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  73. Georges Rey (1988). Toward a Computational Account of Akrasia and Self-Deception. In Brian P. McLaughlin & Amelie O. Rorty (eds.), Perspectives on Self-Deception. University of California Press. 264--296.
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  74. Georges Rey (1986). A Question About Consciousness. In Herbert R. Otto & James A. Tuedio (eds.), Perspectives on Mind. Kluwer.
     
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  75. Georges Rey (1986). What's Really Going on in Searle's 'Chinese Room'. Philosophical Studies 50 (September):169-85.
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  76. Georges Rey (1985). Concepts and Conceptions: A Reply to Smith, Medin and Rips. Cognition 19 (3):297-303.
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  77. Georges Rey (1985). Quinity, Isotropy, and Wagnerian Rapture. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 8 (1):27-28.
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  78. Georges Rey (1984). Ontology and Ideology of Behaviorism and Mentalism. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 7 (4):640.
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  79. Georges Rey (1983). A Reason for Doubting the Existence of Consciousness. In. In Richard J. Davidson, Gary E. Schwartz & D. H. Shapiro (eds.), Consciousness and Self-Regulation. Plenum. 1--39.
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  80. Georges Rey (1983). Concepts and Stereotypes. Cognition 15 (1-3):237-62.
  81. Georges Rey (1983). The Lack of a Case for Mental Duality. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 6 (4):733.
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  82. Georges Rey (1982). A Reason for Doubting the Existence of Consciousness. In Richard J. Davidson, Sophie Schwartz & D. H. Shapiro (eds.), Consciousness and Self-Regulation, Vol. 3. New York: Plenum.
     
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  83. Georges Rey (1981). What Are Mental Images? In Ned Block (ed.), Readings in the Philosophy of Psychology. , Vol.
     
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  84. Georges Rey (1980). Functionalism and the Emotions Explaining Emotions. In Amelie Oksenberg Rorty (ed.), Explaining Emotions. University of California Press.
     
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  85. Georges Rey (1980). Functionalism and the Emotions. In A. O. Rorty (ed.), Explaining Emotions. Univ of California Pr. 21.
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  86. Georges Rey (1980). Penetrating the Impenetrable. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 3 (1):149.
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  87. Georges Rey (1980). The Formal and the Opaque. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 3 (1):90.
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  88. Georges Rey (1978). Worries About Haugeland's Worries. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 1 (2):246.
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  89. Georges Rey (1976). Survival. In Amelie Oksenberg Rorty (ed.), The Identities of Persons. University of California Press.
     
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  90. Georges Rey, Empty Representations in Linguistic Perception.
    I argue that, pace Chomsky (2000, 2003), standard theories of linguistic competence are committed to taking talk of representations seriously, in particular, to recognizing that the “of x” clause that invariably follows “representation” is a way of specifying that representation’s intentional content. One reason to insist upon intentional content in such cases is that the “x” in “of x” may not exist (as in "of Zeus"). This issue is especially relevant to linguistics since, recapitulating considerations raised by many linguists, I (...)
     
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