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Publications [#320318] of Alexander Rosenberg

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  1. Rosenberg, A, The Genealogy of Content or the Future of an Illusion, Philosophia, vol. 43 no. 3 (September, 2015), pp. 537-547, Springer Nature [doi].
    (last updated on 2019/07/18)

    Abstract:
    © 2015, Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht. Eliminativism about intentional content argues for its conclusion from the partial correctness of all three of the theses Hutto and Satne seek to combine: neo-Cartesianism is correct to this extent: if there is intentional content it must originally be mental. Neo-Behaviorism is correct to this extent: attribution of intentional content is basically a heuristic device for predicting the behavior of higher vertebrates. Neo-Pragmatism is right to this extent: the illusion of intentionality in language is the source of the illusion of intentionality in thought. Eliminativists employ the insights of all three “neo”-theses to explain why there is no such thing and why the systematic illusion that there is intentional content runs so deep.


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