, Volume 92, Issue 2, pp 283–312

Indication and adaptation

  • Peter Godfrey-Smith

DOI: 10.1007/BF00414302

Cite this article as:
Godfrey-Smith, P. Synthese (1992) 92: 283. doi:10.1007/BF00414302


This paper examines the relationship between a family of concepts involving reliable correlation, and a family of concepts involving adaptation and biological function, as these concepts are used in the naturalistic semantic theory of Dretske's Explaining Behavior. I argue that Dretske's attempt to marry correlation and function to produce representation fails, though aspects of his failure point the way forward to a better theory.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Godfrey-Smith
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyStanford UniversityStanfordUSA