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Informational Theories of Content and Mental Representation

  • Marc Artiga
  • Miguel Ángel Sebastián
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Abstract

Informational theories of semantic content have been recently gaining prominence in the debate on the notion of mental representation. In this paper we examine new-wave informational theories which have a special focus on cognitive science. In particular, we argue that these theories face four important difficulties: they do not fully solve the problem of error, fall prey to the wrong distality attribution problem, have serious difficulties accounting for ambiguous and redundant representations and fail to deliver a metasemantic theory of representation. Furthermore, we argue that these difficulties derive from their exclusive reliance on the notion of information, so we suggest that pure informational accounts should be complemented with (or perhaps substituted by) functional approaches.

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Acknowledgements

We would like to thank Axel Barceló, the NCH Mind and Brain conference 2016 and two anonymous referees for their helpful comments and criticisms. Financial support was provided by a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the MCMP-LMU, the fellowship ’formación postdoctoral’ from the Ministerio de Economia y Competividad, the UNAM-DGAPA-PAPIIT programs

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Universitat de ValènciaValènciaSpain
  2. 2.IIF- Universidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoCiudad de MéxicoMexico

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