David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Language Sciences 29 (1):88-108 (2007)
In "Why brains matter: an integrational perspective on The Symbolic Species" Cowley (2002) [Language Sciences 24, 73-95] suggests that Deacon pictures brains as being able to process words qua tokens, which he identifies as the theory's Achilles' heel. He goes on to argue that Deacon's thesis on the co-evolution of language and mind would benefit from an integrational approach. This paper argues that Cowley's criticism relies on an invalid understanding of Deacon's use the concept of "symbolic reference", which he appropriates from Peirce's semiotic. Peirce's analysis as well as Deacon's appropriation will be examined in detail. Consequently it will be argued that an integrationist reading would add very little to Deacon's core thesis.
|Keywords||Deacon T Evolution Peirce Reference Symbol|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
David Lumsden (2002). Crossing the Symbolic Threshold: A Critical Review of Terrence Deacon's the Symbolic Species. [REVIEW] Philosophical Psychology 15 (2):155 – 171.
Michael Cavanaugh (1999). Review: The Symbolic Species: The Co-Evolution of Language and the Brain By Terrence W. Deacon. [REVIEW] Zygon 34 (1):195-198.
Terrence W. Deacon (1996). Why a Brain Capable of Language Evolved Only Once: Prefrontal Cortex and Symbol Learning. Zygon 31 (4):635-670.
João Queiroz (2012). Dicent Symbols in Non-Human Semiotic Processes. Biosemiotics 5 (3):319-329.
Phil Mullins (2003). Polanyian Footnotes to “From Biology to Consciousness to Morality”. Tradition and Discovery 30 (3):22-30.
Donald Dryden (1999). Human Emotions and Evolutionary Homologies. Metascience 8 (1):25-35.
Paul H. Carr (2013). Incomplete Nature: How Mind Emerged From Matter by Terrence W. Deacon. Zygon 48 (1):232-234.
Roger Deacon (1998). Strategies of Governance. Theoria 45 (92):113-149.
Roger Deacon (2003). Human Rights as Imperialism. Theoria 50 (102):126-138.
Angelo Cangelosi, Alberto Greco & Stevan Harnad (2002). Symbol Grounding and the Symbolic Theft Hypothesis. In A. Cangelosi & D. Parisi (eds.), Simulating the Evolution of Language. Springer-Verlag. 191--210.
Winfried Nöth (2010). The Criterion of Habit in Peirce's Definitions of the Symbol. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 46 (1):82-93.
Terrence W. Deacon (2006). Reciprocal Linkage Between Self-Organizing Processes is Sufficient for Self-Reproduction and Evolvability. Biological Theory 1 (2):136-149.
John Moorhead (2002). The Figure of the Deacon Peter in the Dialogues of Gregory the Great. Augustinianum 42 (2):469-479.
Mark Graves (2009). The Emergence of Transcendental Norms in Human Systems. Zygon 44 (3):501-532.
Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart.
Added to index2012-10-12
Total downloads1 ( #593,223 of 1,696,226 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #333,709 of 1,696,226 )
How can I increase my downloads?