semantics, naturalized
The project of explaining semantic notions, such as 'means', 'refers', 'denotes', in terms of non-semantic notions, such as correlation, causation, resemblance, structural isomorphism, or teleological function. Some leading efforts in this area include Dretske, 1988, Fodor, 1990, and Millikan, 1984.
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  • Dretske, F. (1988). Explaining Behavior. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Fodor, J. (1990). 'A theory of content', II. In Fodor, A theory of content and other essays. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Millikan, R. G. (1984). Language, thought and other biological categories. Cambridge, MA, MIT Press.
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