Southwest Philosophy Review 34 (1):199-208 (2018)

Mark Bauer
University of Colorado Denver
Teleosemantics is the view that semantic classification is a species of functional classification. While it is plausible, I think, that there are semantic functions in the natural world, I want to suggest that not all semantic states are functional. An assumption commonly endorsed by the teleosemantist is that there is a distinction between accidental or incidental contributory effects and functions. However, endorsing that distinction, I will suggest, implies the theoretical possibility of nonfunctional semantics. In fact, plant-to-plant signaling might be an actual instance of that theoretical possibility.
Keywords Conference Proceedings  Contemporary Philosophy  General Interest  Teleosemantics  Nonfunctional content  Plant Signaling
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DOI 10.5840/swphilreview201834120
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