A Naturalistic and Evolutionary Account of Content
Content of mental states may be specified linguistically. Such a characterisation of content would be: “Gorilla likes onion.” We can use a propositional notation, p, to denote content. We may use the predicate notation, Fa, to characterize it in a more fine-grained way. Such content is the item towards which an organism, specifically a person, directs its attitudes. It thinks that p, it fears that p. And an organism might have attitudes towards various contents q, r and s. This is all very well known. And I think it is a good and firm starting point for any account of content.
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