The Components of Content

Chalmers, David J. (1994) The Components of Content. [Preprint] (Unpublished)

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This paper addresses some tricky issues in the area where the philosophy of mind meets the philosophy of language. In it I develop a two-dimensional account of the contents of thought, decomposing content into notional and relational content, both of which are propositional and truth-conditional. Notional content is generally internal to a cognitive system, and governs rational relations between thoughts, so it can play the role of "narrow" or "cognitive" content. I apply this framework to a number of puzzles (Frege's puzzle, Kripke's puzzle, the problem of the essential indexical, the mode-of-presentation problem, etc.) in the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of language

Item Type:Preprint
Keywords:content, two-dimensional, narrow content, internalism, externalism, belief, indexical, possible worlds, Frege, Kripke, Putnam, sense, reference, intenionality, intension.
Subjects:Philosophy > Philosophy of Language
Philosophy > Philosophy of Mind
ID Code:321
Deposited By: Chalmers, David J.
Deposited On:15 Jun 1998
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:53


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