Meaning and Mental Representation
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Husserl and Fodor both accept a representational theory of mind (RTM). Both individuate mental states by their contents, which are provided by mental representations or noematic Sinn. Both adhere to methodological solipsism; mental states are theoretically isolated from environmental and social causes and effects. Their principled blindness to mind-world causal connections ally Husserl and Fodor in a common antipathy to “naturalistic psychology” which would insist that mental states cannot be identified without considering their causes and the contexts in which they occur.
KeywordsMental Representation Causal Theory Intentional Object Intentional Content Internalist Account
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