The Natural Origins of Content

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  • Daniel Hutto
  • Glenda Lucila Satne
We review the current state of play in the game of naturalizing content and analyse reasons why each of the main proposals, when taken in isolation, is unsatisfactory. Our diagnosis is that if there is to be progress two fundamental changes are necessary. First, the point of the game needs to be reconceived in terms of explaining the natural origins of content. Second, the pivotal assumption that intentionality is always and everywhere contentful must be abandoned. Reviving and updating Haugeland’s baseball analogy in the light of these changes, we propose ways of redirecting the efforts of players on each base of his intentionality All-Star team, enabling them to start functioning effectively as a team. Only then is it likely that they will finally get their innings and maybe, just maybe, even win the game.
Original languageEnglish
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)521-536
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2015

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Humanities - Content , Mental representation, Intentionality, Biosemantics, Neo-Pragmatism, Intentional stance

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