Direct reference, psychological explanation, and Frege cases

Mind and Language 20 (4):423-447 (2005)
Abstract
In this essay I defend a theory of psychological explanation that is based on the joint commitment to direct reference and computationalism. I offer a new solution to the problem of Frege Cases. Frege Cases involve agents who are unaware that certain expressions corefer (e.g. that 'Cicero' and 'Tully' corefer), where such knowledge is relevant to the success of their behavior, leading to cases in which the agents fail to behave as the intentional laws predict. It is generally agreed that Frege Cases are a major problem, if not the major problem, that this sort of theory faces. In this essay, I hope to show that the theory can surmount the Frege Cases.
Keywords Computation  Explanation  Psychology  Reference  Science
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DOI 10.1111/j.0268-1064.2005.00294.x
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