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Mental expression and inner speech

López Campillo, Jesús (2023) Mental expression and inner speech. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 38 (1). pp. 5-24. ISSN 2171-679X

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Abstract

This article explores the importance of mental expression in understanding the phenomenon of inner speech. Most accounts of inner speech assume from the outset the common idea that the expressions of a subject (e.g., a smile) and their mental states (e.g., joy) are two different types of items somehow related to each other. This relational view of expression is challenged in this article. Firstly, it is argued that relational views of expression cannot explain some features of inner speech. Secondly, a non-relational view of expression is developed, according to which mental states are patterns of expressive behavior. Thirdly, it is argued that only from the framework of non-relational expressivism is it possible to explain the main features of inner speech. Finally, it is concluded that non-relational expressivism emerges as a prominent contender among contemporary views of the mind, as it provides the only account of inner speech that can fully explain the phenomenon.


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López Campillo, Jesúsjesuslcampillo@gmail.com0000-0003-0216-5637
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: Mental Expression, Inner Speech, Mental States, Expressive Behavior, Non-Relational Expressivism, Mind
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Concepts and Representations
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Consciousness
Specific Sciences > Psychology > Judgment and Decision Making
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email theoria@ehu.es
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2023 13:31
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2023 13:31
Item ID: 22222
Journal or Publication Title: THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
Publisher: Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
Official URL: https://ojs.ehu.eus/index.php/THEORIA/article/view...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1387/theoria.23828
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Concepts and Representations
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Consciousness
Specific Sciences > Psychology > Judgment and Decision Making
Date: 2023
Page Range: pp. 5-24
Volume: 38
Number: 1
ISSN: 2171-679X
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/22222

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