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The World in the Head$
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Robert Cummins

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199548033

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199548033.001.0001

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Representation and Indication

Representation and Indication

(p.98) 7 Representation and Indication
The World in the Head

Robert Cummins

Pierre Poirier

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the relation between ‘representation’ and ‘indication’, as the two kinds of mental content. ‘Representation’ is an element in a scheme of semantically individuated types whose tokens are structurally transformed by mental processes, while ‘indication’ is a distinction between the mechanism that does the detection and the process that indicates the target has been detected. The chapter concludes with an analysis of the differences between ‘representation’ and ‘indication’, such as ‘indication’ being transitive while ‘representation’ is not.

Keywords:   representation, indication, mental content, semantically individuated types, mental processes, transitive, tokens

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