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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 Unexploited Content

Representation and Unexploited Content

(p.120) 8 Representation and Unexploited Content
The World in the Head

Robert Cummins

Jim Blackmon

David Byrd

Alexa Lee

Martin Roth

Oxford University Press

This chapter points out the difficulties of teleosemantics, such as its inability to account for unexploited content. It explains the basis behind the theory that any content adequate to ground representationalist theories in cognitive science must allow unexploited content and describes teleosemantic theories that cannot accommodate unexploited content. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the existence and importance of unexploited content that has been obscured by the failure to distinguish ‘representation’ from ‘indication’.

Keywords:   teleosemantics, unexploited content, representationalist theories, cognitive science, teleosemantic theories, representation, indication

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