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Functions in MindA Theory of Intentional Content$
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Carolyn Price

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199242009

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199242009.001.0001

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Utility and Truth

Utility and Truth

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(p.236) 11 Utility and Truth
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Functions in Mind
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Carolyn Price

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199242009.003.0012

This chapter examines the possibility that doxastic systems, unlike special-purpose systems, are capable of representing an environment that extends beyond the subject's practical reach. It suggests that it is the capacity to form simple theories of perception and agency that underlies the capacity for objective representation. It argues that neither the capacity to engage in general-purpose representation nor the capacity to form theories is sufficient to secure the kind of objectivity required for utility-transcendent truth.

Keywords:   doxastic system, theory of perception, theory of agency, objective representation, objectivity, utility-transcendent truth

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