Biology & Philosophy

, Volume 29, Issue 4, pp 587–596 | Cite as

Teleosemantics re-examined: content, explanation and norms

Dan Ryder, Justine Kingsbury and Kenneth Williford (eds): Millikan and Her critics. Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, 2013, 297 pp
Book Review

Abstract

This essay reviews a collection of thirteen critical essays on the work of Ruth Millikan. The collection covers a broad range of her work, focusing in particular on her account of simple intentionality, her theory of concepts and her metaphysical views. I highlight and briefly discuss three issues that crop up repeatedly though the collection: (1) Millikan’s externalism (and in particular, her emphasis on how intentional states are used, rather than how they are produced); (2) the nature of intentional explanation; and (3) the normativity of meaning.

Keywords

Teleosemantics Metaphysics Mind Content Language Meaning Normativity 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Open UniversityMilton KeynesUK

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