Psychosemantics explores the relation between commonsense psychological Building on and extending Fodor’s earlier work it puts folk psychology on firm. very long manuscript called “Psychosemantics,” and a somewhat of. Mind. ( hence. RTM. ; for discussion see., among other sources.,. Fodor.,. FA. ; Fodor. Psychosemantics: The Problem of Meaning in the Philosophy of. Mind Jerry Fodor, as the leading philosophical exponent of cognitive science, has sparked.

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Psychoeemantics, also, these sorts of conditions seem not to be in play in, for example, the psychosmantics communication literature. One important consideration is that we like to study things that are amenable to a good animal model.

And I also share your doubts that lack of complete success adds up to complete failure. Whereas I would suggest that, insofar as it seems obvious, this is motivated more by an impetus towards theoretical simplicity or something, fdor than introspection. In us, it might be that we interpret our experience as picking out the one rather than all the alternatives because our language allow us to carve things up in this fine-grained way and then implicitly theorize about what is indicated.

The upshot is that the sensory content of experience may be realist, determinate, and thin down to the level provided by quality spaces and JNDs.

One issue that seems to be looming here is how exactly we should conceive of the relationship psychose,antics work in cognitive neuroscience and the philosophical project of naturalizing determinate content. My point was that none of the naturalistic accounts on offer — specifically, versions of information-theoretic and teleological semantics — suffice to pick out fine-grained, determinate content of the sort we assume mental representation requires.

This may explain why the attitude at Rutgers has been less hopeful than elsewhere, given that teleosemantics is anathema in that department. What do we find?

Jerry A. Fodor, Psychosemantics: The Problem of Meaning in the Philosophy of Mind – PhilPapers

The discoveries of the place cell, the receptive field, dopaminergic reward-predicting neurons, and so on are obviously hugely important achievements. RV has it that the intentional content of verbal episodes is derived psychosemnatics cognitive states. How much science is necessary? I may be biased, but it strikes me that most of the recent advances have been within the domain of teleosemantics. But, Eric is exactly right that there is rarely much profit in writing a critical paper that fleshes out these details.


This is now long enough and skinny enough in threaded view that I think I can be confident that there are no more than 2 people reading it. Psycohsemantics the Proper Treatment of Psychosemajtics. Millikan certainly thinks that neuro details can matter. I think what Dan says is interesting: Some other times they seem to be doing psychosemantics themselves, as, e. It will do this over and over without learning or adopting a new strategy. The rat is not, after all, a Sphex wasp, whose behavior is notoriously inflexible.

Now, in truth, unlike you. I agree that a model based theory is needed. The flexibility of their behavior leads us to posit states in the rat that go well beyond simple detection and sensory-motor connections. Focor – – Tradition and Discovery 20 2: About that, I am not sure of the weight one should give to the animal communication literature, when it comes to content attributions to animal mental states. Most of the times researchers just seem to be assuming the commonsense content attribution — which is ok, of course, but would hardly count as scientific evidence against a certain psychosemantic theory.

I have no idea how to solve it.

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Paul Smolensky – – Behavioral and Brain Sciences 11 1: Added to PP index Total downloads 14, of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 40 9, of 2, How can I increase my downloads? Does Semantics Run the Psyche? I am not as familiar with her work as I would like to be, so I should not have made any claims about it. Maybe you should have a fight with Dan about that. Tomatoes look just like tomatoes-or-Xgiven that the first disjunct is present. I find this a problem because it is pretty clear that M1 and the saccade system have motor representations whose role is to carry information about movements of the body efference copy.


Saying they fail is not say that they having nothing of interest to teach us. In order to guide behavior in the ways that they do, the internal states of rats would have to be representational in a more full-blooded sense than mere detection-and-response mechanisms. But I think this has the same problem. Moving black ball is as much a whole object as is a fly, right? Not black dots — this is straightforward causal explanation.

Of course what we really care about, with respect to determinacy, is our own concepts. Everyone adds a great deal of additional apparatus; otherwise they allow in thinking thermostats and such. Whereas Millikan is trying to show how human mental representations belong to a very broad type that goes from very simple organisms to human language.

Nobody has ever said that informational states are sufficient.

Was Psychosemantics a Failure?

I offer a naturalistic and externalist account of empty concepts that shows how they can be shared across individuals. On the Propositional Structure of Implicit Bias. I think Dretske has to say yes. Sexual selection is an interesting wrinkle for these types of issues. Well, I just happen to have a work-in-progress on that very topic! I am grateful for the link to the PDF file. I continue to wonder, though, what dire consequences follow if there is some residual indeterminacy in the systems proposed by Dan, Manolo, and others.

Functional overlap is very common biologically.