|Denotation, naming: specify a word or phrase for an object. Related terms description designation.|
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Denotation/Stabilization Function/Denotation/Reference/Millikan: more interesting is the stabilization function in referring or denotating expressions.
Question: is the classification as "denotating" or "referring" equal to the categorization as a function?
Millikan: Thesis: no, the characteristic for denotation is not a function, but intentionality.
Intentionality/Millikan: 1. Thesis: intentionality is not always intentional because of a particular function, but because of the way something normally performs its eigenfunction. The eigenfunction of intentional patterns themselves have practically nothing in common.
2. However, there is another commonality: intentional expressions lead to an identification of their speaker.
Representation: because of the identification function, such intentional states are representations. (Strand).
Representation/Millikan: essential: representations need something to identify their referents. Through this they are representations.
No representation: e.g. bee dances do not identify a place ((s) they are not "about" something specific), but make other bees to behave appropriately.
R. G. Millikan
Language, Thought, and Other Biological Categories: New Foundations for Realism Cambridge 1987