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Representation/knowledge pluralism/McGinn: Thesis: representation properties do not only belong to conscious beliefs but semantic predicates can be applied to configurations of another kind in the literal sense. (> Dretske). It boils down to underrepresented content that is not exclusive to reason. This allows us to focus on a comparative epistemology. We have a genus that consists of systems with syntactic and respect relevant properties, and also has a number of species, in which framework the comprehensive, naturally species break down into a special system which differ with respect to other dimensions.
E.g. different animal species may have cognitive strengths and weaknesses.
Genes/representation/McGinn: their construction ability is a testament for their representation capacity. (s) Representing capacity in order to be able to implement provisions.
E.g. Represents the bird, the construction worker, the beaver what he builds, as a nest, dam, or house? McGinn: I would say yes, but the same task could be fulfilled by only representing parts of these things and their relationships.
Die Grenzen vernünftigen Fragens Stuttgart 1996
Wie kommt der Geist in die Materie? München 2001