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The Mind in Nature$
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C. B. Martin

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199234103

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199234103.001.0001

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Use, Representational Use, and Content

Use, Representational Use, and Content

(p.111) 9 Use, Representational Use, and Content
The Mind in Nature

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This chapter presents the groundwork for a detailed schema for an account of representational use applicable to mental or nonmental systems alike. It uses the nonconscious thermoregulatory system as an illustrative example. It presents quotations extracted from scientific work on nonmental, ‘vegetative’ systems found in the human body (and in the bodies of many nonhuman creatures) in order to illustrate the contention that philosophers have been naïve in imagining that minds can be given purely functional or structural characterizations. Such characterizations, as the quotations reveal, apply straightforwardly to nonmental, vegetative systems.

Keywords:   mental systems, nonmental systems, nonconscious thermoregulatory system, vegetative mind

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