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Beyond Concepts: Unicepts, Language, and Natural Information

Ruth Garrett Millikan


This book weaves together themes from natural ontology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language and information, areas of inquiry that have not recently been treated together. The sprawling topic is Kant’s how is knowledge possible? but viewed from a contemporary naturalist standpoint. The assumption is that we are evolved creatures that use cognition as a guide in dealing with the natural world, and that the natural world is roughly as natural science has tried to describe it. Very unlike Kant, then, we must begin with ontology, with a rough understanding of what the world is like prior to ... More

Keywords: concepts, natural information, natural signs, language, pragmatics, perception as translation, conceptual development, direct reference

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198717195
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198717195.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ruth Garrett Millikan, author
Distinguished Professor Emerita, University of Connecticut