Indication and adaptation

Synthese 92 (2):283-312 (1992)
This paper examines the relationship between a family of concepts involving reliable correlation, and a family of concepts involving adaptation and biological function, as these concepts are used in the naturalistic semantic theory of Dretske's "Explaining Behavior." I argue that Dretske's attempt to marry correlation and function to produce representation fails, though aspects of his failure point the way forward to a better theory
Keywords Epistemology  Language  Reliabilism  Semantics  Theory  Dretske, F
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