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The Hard Problem Of Content: Solved (Long Ago)

Miłkowski, Marcin (2015) The Hard Problem Of Content: Solved (Long Ago). Studies in Logic, Grammar and Rhetoric, 41 (1). pp. 73-88. ISSN 0860-150X

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Abstract

In this paper, I argue that even if the Hard Problem of Content, as identified by Hutto and Myin, is important, it was already solved in naturalized semantics, and satisfactory solutions to the problem do not rely merely on the notion of information as covariance. I point out that Hutto and Myin have double standards for linguistic and mental representation, which leads to a peculiar inconsistency. Were they to apply the same standards to basic and linguistic minds, they would either have to embrace representationalism or turn to semantic nihilism, which is, as I argue, an unstable and unattractive position. Hence, I conclude, their book does not offer an alternative to representationalism. At the same time, it reminds us that representational talk in cognitive science cannot be taken for granted and that information is different from mental representation. Although this claim is not new, Hutto and Myin defend it forcefully and elegantly.


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Miłkowski, Marcinmmilkows@ifispan.waw.pl0000-0001-7646-5742
Keywords: representationalism, radical enactivism, teleosemantics
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Specific Sciences > Psychology
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Dr. Marcin Miłkowski
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2019 02:09
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2019 02:09
Item ID: 15561
Journal or Publication Title: Studies in Logic, Grammar and Rhetoric
Official URL: http://doi.org/10.1515/slgr-2015-0021
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1515/slgr-2015-0021
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Specific Sciences > Psychology
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 2015
Page Range: pp. 73-88
Volume: 41
Number: 1
ISSN: 0860-150X
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15561

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