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Language, Thought, and Other Biological Categories : New Foundations for Realism - Ruth Garrett Millikan

Language, Thought, and Other Biological Categories

New Foundations for Realism

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Preface by Daniel C. Dennett Beginning with a general theory of function applied to body organs, behaviors, customs, and both inner and outer representations, Ruth Millikan argues that the intentionality of language can be described without reference to speaker intentions and that an understanding of the intentionality of thought can and should be divorced from the problem of understanding consciousness. The results support a realist theory of truth and of universals, and open the way for a nonfoundationalist and nonholistic approach to epistemology.Ruth Millikan is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut at Storrs. A Bradford Book.

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"Ruth Millikan presents a remarkably original and ambitious theory concerning the topics that have been at the center of philosophical attention in recent years... Along the way answers are given to just about all the persistent puzzle questions about meaning, intentionality and representation that currently preoccupy the field." --Daniel C. Dennett, Tufts University "This is philosophy at its best." --Fred I. Dretske, University of Wisconsin, Madison "An exciting book. It is a sustained effort at developing a naturalistic view of intentionality. Millikan's writing is clear, forceful, and illuminating." --Hector Neri-Casteneda, Indiana University

Foreword by Daniel C. Dennett
The Theory of Proper Functions with Some Applications Prior to Introducing Intentionality
Direct Proper Functions
Adapted Devices and Adapted and Derived Proper Functions
Indicatives, Imperatives, and Gricean Intentions
Language Device Types
Dictionary Senses
Stabilizing Proper Function as the First Aspect of Meaning
A General Theory of Signs
Intentionality as a Natural Phenomenon
Intentional Icons: Fregean Sense, Reference, and Real Value Introduced
Kinds of Signs
Hubots, Rumans, and Others: Case Studies of Intensions, Senses, and "Stimulus Meanings"
Intension: The Third Aspect of Meaning
A Short Lexicon for Philosophers
Simple Indexicals
"Is" and "Exists": Represented Referents and Protoreferents
Quotation Marks, "Says That" and "Believes That"
"Not" and "All": Two More Kinds of Indefinite Description
Theory of Identity
The Act of Identifying
Notes on the Identity of Substances and Properties
Notes on the Identity of Enduring Objects
Epistemology of Identity: The Law of Noncontradiction
Epistemology of Identity: Concepts, Law, and Intrusive Information
Index of Technical Terms
Analytical Index
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ISBN: 9780262631150
ISBN-10: 0262631156
Series: Bradford Book Series
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 367
Published: 16th December 1987
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.2  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Type: New edition