In Proceedings IV and V Graduate Conference, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Buenos Aires, Argentina: Teseo Press. pp. 1-17 (forthcoming)

Erika Torres
National Autonomous University of Mexico (PhD)
This paper maintains, relying on empirical evidence from semantic dementia, that the descriptive information associate with concepts plays an important role in the performance of a variety of cognitive tasks, as it is suggested by Descriptivist Theories of Concepts (DTC). However, it also argues that it does not follow from this that such information determines the extension of concepts, as it is also suggested by DTC. The evidence from semantic dementia provides support to the thesis that the descript information is part of the cognitive content of concepts and it is involved in different cognitive tasks. But, against DTC, that evidence does not provide support to the thesis that intentional content is derived from the cognitive content. If so, the argument of ignorance would take place.
Keywords Descriptivism, Concepts, Content, Semantic Dementia
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