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Reliable Misrepresentation and Teleosemantics

Published Online: 31 Dec 2018
Volume & Issue: Volume 5 (2013) - Issue 37 (November 2013)
Page range: 265 - 281
Received: 16 Jan 2013
Accepted: 04 Apr 2013
Journal Details
License
Format
Journal
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2182-2875
First Published
16 Apr 2017
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4 times per year
Languages
English
Abstract

Mendelovici (forthcoming) has recently argued that (1) tracking theories of mental representation (including teleosemantics) are incompatible with the possibility of reliable misrepresentation and that (2) this is an important difficulty for them. Furthermore, she argues that this problem commits teleosemantics to an unjustified a priori rejection of color eliminativism. In this paper I argue that (1) teleosemantics can accommodate most cases of reliable misrepresentation, (2) those cases the theory fails to account for are not objectionable and (3) teleosemantics is not committed to any problematic view on the color realism-antirealism debate.

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