Mind and Function – Teleosemantics Beyond Selected Effects

Dissertation, Universität Bielefeld (2018)

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Fabian Hundertmark
Bielefeld University
Abstract
Perceptual representations are either correct or incorrect. Their correctness depends on their content and on the way the world is. Teleosemantics delivers compelling explanations of why our perceptual representations have contents, whereby it assigns the notion of "function" a central explanatory role. The author of this thesis engages in the search for a theory of function suited for this purpose. After a detailed evaluation of the selected effects​ theory and dispositional theories, the author argues that a synthesis is best suited to be used by teleosemantics.
Keywords teleosemantics  mental content  biological functions
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