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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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I completely agree that our theories of the mind should be applicable to all creatures. Or the honey bee.

My experience with rats is limited to watching them scurry around on NYC subway stations. In terms of explanatory impotency of these informational states, that is not something that can easily be leveled at Dretske. Though there will be plenty of internal Normal conditions for performance of these functions. On this account, the brain is a general-purpose model-building machine, where items in the world serve as templates for model construction.

But, Eric is exactly right that there is rarely much profit in writing a critical paper that fleshes out these psychosdmantics. If someone swapped your perception of a rabbit for a perception of a bunch of undetached rabbit parts, would you be able to tell?

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Allowing that informational states, as they have been conceived by theories of psychosemantics, are necessary but not sufficient for representation is, however, to psychosemanticss the failure of such theories. For example, a rabbit and an undetached rabbit liver reflect light rather differently. I remember the discussion more in the way Frankie does.

Dretske has a great core idea, but because he was working in the same impoverished state, is also limited to his imagination to come up with possible solutions. They would have to, at a minimum, keep track of objects and properties in the environment, thus conceptualizing pxychosemantics world—though perhaps in a different way than we do.


But when I suggested that the glass may be seen as half full rather than half empty, the three Rutgers people acted as though I was hopelessly naive and had missed the radical way in which psychosemantics had failed. Obviously brains ;sychosemantics and use information to get about in the world.

For the record, I first heard this argument from my old mentor and Rutgers Ph. Sign in to use this feature. If he disagrees with me about holism or CRS, then so be it.

Was Psychosemantics a Failure?

Review of Fodor, Psychosemantics. I am not sure there is anything like conditional reasoning in rats demonstrated in a compelling way.

And with that you seem to agree. The rat is an extremely smart animal.

Was Psychosemantics a Failure? – The Brains Blog

Some other times they seem to be doing psychosemantics themselves, as, e. Such work is not motivated by philosophers, but aims to find useful ways to capture how brains represent the world.

History of Western Philosophy. This is evident when we psychosemabtics our own, human, representational states. Foor 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 am grateful for the link to the PDF file.

Psychosemantics Quotes by Jerry A. Fodor

But, this is, after all, only a blog post and not a philosophy paper. Wondering—asking questions internally, as it were—is another state that is only indirectly linked to stimuli and behavior. Philosophical Review, pages —99, However, I have a concern about the lack of clear implications for psycho semantics of a theory of rat intentionality.


The capacity to do this does not, I think, rest on a prior capacity to participate in the kinds of linguistic practices that we find in human communities. Well, I think you need to distinguish between a research program having a serious theoretical problem with a research program having lots of folks working on it.

Nearly all of the behavior of the rat that seems intelligent has been shaped by operant conditioning. There are vast numbers of local fitness enhancing states of affairs presence of food, presence of mate, presence of predator etc.

Could the purported demise of teleosemantics be just a symptom of a more general dissatisfaction with direct reference theories?

I think what Dan says is interesting: I look forward to the Millikan and her Critics thing—I saw Ken Williford recently and he was talking it up as well. But you are right, we are still not looking much at connections among mental states.

This seems like a perfectly sound naturalistic, selectionist account of how the detectors came to be. But then I wonder why we think the system is representing in a more fine-grained way—is it just that it seems that way from the first-person perspective?

Also note I do not see it as two undetached halves. Rarely, if ever, do the key conceptual innovations come from people on the armchair.