, Volume 92, Issue 2, pp 283–312 | Cite as

Indication and adaptation

  • Peter Godfrey-Smith


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.


Biological Function Good Theory Semantic Theory Failure Point Reliable Correlation 
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  • Peter Godfrey-Smith
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyStanford UniversityStanfordUSA

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