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Mental content


Schulte, Jens Peter (2023). Mental content. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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This Element provides a comprehensive introduction to contemporary theories of mental content. After clarifying central concepts and identifying the questions that dominate the current debate, it presents and discusses the principal accounts of the nature of mental content (or mental representation), which include causal, informational, teleological and structuralist approaches, alongside the phenomenal intentionality approach and the intentional stance theory. Additionally, it examines anti-representationalist accounts which question either the existence or the explanatory relevance of mental content. Finally, the Element concludes by considering some recent developments in the debate about mental content, specifically the “explanatory turn” and its implications for questions about representations in basic cognitive systems and the representational character of current empirical theories of cognition.

Abstract

This Element provides a comprehensive introduction to contemporary theories of mental content. After clarifying central concepts and identifying the questions that dominate the current debate, it presents and discusses the principal accounts of the nature of mental content (or mental representation), which include causal, informational, teleological and structuralist approaches, alongside the phenomenal intentionality approach and the intentional stance theory. Additionally, it examines anti-representationalist accounts which question either the existence or the explanatory relevance of mental content. Finally, the Element concludes by considering some recent developments in the debate about mental content, specifically the “explanatory turn” and its implications for questions about representations in basic cognitive systems and the representational character of current empirical theories of cognition.

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Item Type:Monograph
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Philosophy
Dewey Decimal Classification:100 Philosophy
Uncontrolled Keywords:Cognitive science, Kognitive Neurowissenschaft/Biopsychologie, Neurosciences, Philosophy/Mind & Body, Philosophie des Geistes, Philosophy of mind
Language:English
Date:31 August 2023
Deposited On:17 Sep 2023 12:29
Last Modified:17 Sep 2023 12:29
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
Series Name:Elements in philososphy of mind
Number of Pages:75
ISBN:978-1-00-921725-5
Additional Information:Online-ISBN: 9781009217286
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009217286
  • Content: Published Version
  • Language: English
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