A proper understanding of Millikan

Acta Analytica 21 (40):23-40 (2006)
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Justine Kingsbury
University of Waikato
Abstract
Ruth Millikan’s teleological theory of mental content is complex and often misunderstood. This paper motivates and clarifies some of the complexities of the theory, and shows that paying careful attention to its details yields answers to a number of common objections to teleological theories, in particular, the problem of novel mental states, the problem of functionally false beliefs, and problems about indeterminacy or multiplicity of function.
Keywords Content  Function  Metaphysics  Teleology  Teleosemantics  Millikan, Ruth Garrett
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DOI 10.1007/s12136-006-1008-8
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The Language of Thought.Jerry A. Fodor - 1975 - Harvard University Press.
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