, Volume 43, Issue 3, pp 537–547 | Cite as

The Genealogy of Content or the Future of an Illusion

  • Alex RosenbergEmail author


Eliminativism about intentional content argues for its conclusion from the partial correctness of all three of the theses Hutto and Satne seek to combine: neo-Cartesianism is correct to this extent: if there is intentional content it must originally be mental. Neo-Behaviorism is correct to this extent: attribution of intentional content is basically a heuristic device for predicting the behavior of higher vertebrates. Neo-Pragmatism is right to this extent: the illusion of intentionality in language is the source of the illusion of intentionality in thought. Eliminativists employ the insights of all three “neo”-theses to explain why there is no such thing and why the systematic illusion that there is intentional content runs so deep.


Intentionality Teleosemantics Naturalization Interpretation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Duke UniversityDurhamUSA

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