Teleosemantics without natural selection

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  • Ruth Millikan and others advocate theories which attempt to naturalize wide mental content (e.g. beliefs' truth conditions) in terms of function in the teleological sense, where a function is constituted in part by facts concerning past natural selection involving ancestors of a current entity. I argue that it is a mistake to base content on selection. Content should instead be based on functions which though historical, do not involve selection. I sketch an account of such functions. © Springer 2005.
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  • Abrams M
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  • 97
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  • 116
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  • 20
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  • 1