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Representation in Cognitive Science

Nicholas Shea


The representational theory of mind (RTM) has given us the powerful insight that thinking consists of the processing of mental representations. Behaviour is the result of these cognitive processes and makes sense in the light of their contents. There is no widely accepted account of how representations get their content – of the metaphysics of representational content. That question, usually asked about representations at the personal level like beliefs and conscious states, is equally pressing for the subpersonal representations that pervade our best explanatory theories in cognitive science. ... More

Keywords: mental representation, intentionality, theories of content, teleosemantics, semantic information, RTM, meaning, naturalism, exploitable relation, structural correspondence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198812883
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198812883.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicholas Shea, author
Professor of Philosophy, Institute of Philosophy, University of London