David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
In discussions in cognitive science, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, and linguistics, it is often taken for granted that we (as well as some machines) have certain abilities, such as the ability to do multiplications or the ability to identify grammatical sentences. Such abilities are regarded as in some sense infinitary, and they are identified with, or taken to be based upon, knowledge of the relevant rules (the rule of multiplication, or the rules of grammar). In what follows, I argue that whatever such abilities we do possess are not infinitary in any plausible sense. Therefore, the (alleged) infinitary nature of our (or a machine's) knowledge of such rules cannot be accounted for by bringing it back to infinitary abilities.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
No categories specified
(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
Yoshihito Tanaka (2007). An Infinitary Extension of Jankov's Theorem. Studia Logica 86 (1):111 - 131.
Piotr Wojtylak (1991). On Structural Completeness of Implicational Logics. Studia Logica 50 (2):275 - 297.
Alan Millar (2008). Perceptual-Recognitional Abilities and Perceptual Knowledge. In Adrian Haddock & Fiona Macpherson (eds.), Disjunctivism: Perception, Action, Knowledge. Oxford University Press. 330--47.
John L. Bell, Infinitary Logic. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Gerard Renardel de Lavalette, Barteld Kooi & Rineke Verbrugge (2008). Strong Completeness and Limited Canonicity for PDL. Journal of Logic, Language and Information 17 (1):291-292.
Ann Whittle (2010). Dispositional Abilities. Philosophers' Imprint 10 (12).
Sam Coleman (2009). Why the Ability Hypothesis is Best Forgotten. Journal of Consciousness Studies 16 (2-3):74-97.
John Maier, Abilities. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Alan Millar (2009). What is It That Cognitive Abilities Are Abilities to Do? Acta Analytica 24 (4):223-236.
Added to index2010-05-28
Total downloads21 ( #93,992 of 1,679,331 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #182,933 of 1,679,331 )
How can I increase my downloads?