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Joseph Mendola

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199534999

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199534999.001.0001

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Against Etiological Semantics

Against Etiological Semantics

(p.103) 5 Against Etiological Semantics

Joseph Mendola (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter discusses externalist theories of mental content that do not involve the mediation of thought by language but in which history is crucial. It argues that the etiological teleosemantics of Millikan, Dretske, and Papineau is false, and that other etiological accounts proposed by Prinz and Dretske are false. Facts about the color blindness play a key role in these arguments.

Keywords:   mental content, Millikan, Dretske, Papineau, Prinz, color blindness, teleosemantics

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