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Functions in Mind: A Theory of Intentional Content

Carolyn Price


This book investigates what it means to say that mental states — thoughts, wishes, perceptual experiences, and so on — are about things in the world. The answer to this deep philosophical problem is a novel teleological account of intentional content, grounded in and shaped by a carefully constructed theory of functions. This book's teleological account centres on the claim that the content of an intentional state depends both on the information that it is supposed to carry and on the way in which it is used — whether to trigger a simple response, to help keep track of an object or place, to h ... More

Keywords: mental states, teleological account, theory of functions, object, environment, reasoning, philosophy of mind

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780199242009
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199242009.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carolyn Price, author
The Open University

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