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The Metaphysics of Representation

J. Robert G. Williams


What is representation? How do the more primitive aspects of our world come together to generate it? How do different kinds of representation relate to one another? This book identifies the metaphysical foundations for representational facts. The story told is in three parts. The most primitive layer of representation is the ‘aboutness’ of sensation/perception and intention/action, which are the two most basic modes in which an individual and the world interact. It is argued that we can understand how this kind of representation can exist in a fundamentally physical world so long as we have an ... More

Keywords: Representation, Interpretation, Aboutness, Rational, Language, Belief, Desire, Perception, Action

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198850205
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198850205.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. Robert G. Williams, author
University of Leeds