Explaining how to perceive the new: causal-informational teleosemantics and productive response functions

Hundertmark F (2019)
Synthese.

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Abstract / Bemerkung
According to Karen Neander's causal-informational teleosemantics, the contents of perceptual states depend on the etiological response functions of sensory-perceptual systems. In this paper, I argue that this theory is, despite its virtues, unable to explain how humans and other animals are capable of perceiving properties with which no sensory-perceptual system has ever been confronted. After rejecting Neander's own proposal in terms of second-order similarity and a proposal inspired by Ruth Millikan in terms of simplicity, I offer a solution which equates functions with manifestations of dispositions that made a difference to evolutionary success. My suggestion is able to generate determinate and plausible contents for new perceptual states while still preserving the idea that etiological functions explain evolutionary success.
Stichworte
Teleosemantics; Mental representation; Perception; Functions; Explanation; Disposition
Erscheinungsjahr
2019
Zeitschriftentitel
Synthese
eISSN
1573-0964
Page URI
https://pub.uni-bielefeld.de/record/2937716

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Hundertmark F. Explaining how to perceive the new: causal-informational teleosemantics and productive response functions. Synthese. 2019.
Hundertmark, F. (2019). Explaining how to perceive the new: causal-informational teleosemantics and productive response functions. Synthese. doi:10.1007/s11229-019-02406-3
Hundertmark, F. (2019). Explaining how to perceive the new: causal-informational teleosemantics and productive response functions. Synthese.
Hundertmark, F., 2019. Explaining how to perceive the new: causal-informational teleosemantics and productive response functions. Synthese.
F. Hundertmark, “Explaining how to perceive the new: causal-informational teleosemantics and productive response functions”, Synthese, 2019.
Hundertmark, F.: Explaining how to perceive the new: causal-informational teleosemantics and productive response functions. Synthese. (2019).
Hundertmark, Fabian. “Explaining how to perceive the new: causal-informational teleosemantics and productive response functions”. Synthese (2019).

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