A proper understanding of Millikan
Kingsbury, J. (2006). A proper understanding of Millikan. Acta Analytica, 21(3), 23-40.
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Ruth Millikan’s teleological theory of mental content is complex and often misunderstood. This paper motivates and clarifies some of the complexities of the theory, and shows that paying careful attention to its details yields answers to a number of common objections to teleological theories, in particular, the problem of novel mental states, the problem of functionally false beliefs, and problems about indeterminacy or multiplicity of function.
This is an author’s accepted version of an article published in the journal: Acta Analytica . © 2006 Springer.