Thought: A Journal of Philosophy 2 (4):367-376 (2013)

Mahrad Almotahari
University of Edinburgh
Formal relationism in the philosophy of mind is the thesis that folk psychological states should be individuated, at least partially, in terms of the purely formal inference-licensing relations between underlying mental representations. It's supposed to provide a Russellian alternative to a Fregean theory of propositional attitudes. I argue that there's an inconsistency between the motivation for formal relationism and the use to which it's put in defense of Russellian propositions. Furthermore, I argue that formal relationism is committed to epiphenomenalism about singular mental content.
Keywords Frege's puzzle  content  inference  relationism  folk psychology
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