Cognition, consensus and consciousness: my replies
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The papers in this volume, some constructive, some critical, some both, are illuminating discussions of my work, and I am honored that they were written and that I have the opportunity to offer my reflections upon them. I begin with simple thanks to Drs. Martina Fürst and Guido Melchior for proposing the conference and to Prof. Stewart Cohen for offering the pages of this distinguished journal.
I begin with an overview of where I now stand. My goals at this point are systematic as recounted in my recent Dewey Lecture because I seek to maximize explanation. It takes a system to maximize explanation. It takes a loop to complete the explanation, even in a theory of truth, which is part of the system. A theory of truth must explain why the theory itself is true or that will be left unexplained. The system and theory contained therein must connect experience with representation to ground the system. The form of connection is exemplar representation using the exemplar of experience...