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MacrocognitionA Theory of Distributed Minds and Collective Intentionality$
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Bryce Huebner

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199926275

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199926275.001.0001

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The Explanatory Superfluity of Collective Mentality, Part II

The Explanatory Superfluity of Collective Mentality, Part II

(p.151) 7 The Explanatory Superfluity of Collective Mentality, Part II

Bryce Huebner

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides a further development of the argument advanced in Chapter 6, demonstrating that images, icons, maps, graphs, and linguistic utterances can sometimes play the explanatory roles that are required of mental representations. Such structures might seem like mere recordings, but treating them in this way depends on the implausible assumption that the information conveyed by such representations can only be consumed after it has been converted into a digitized representation like a ‘word’ in a language of thought. It is argued that the capacity for flexible goal-directed behavior is not constrained by the genera of a representation, but by the architecture of the representational system that allows for the consumption of various representational contents.

Keywords:   Mental representation, Original intentionality, Derived intentionality, Representational genera

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