Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

Thought, philosophy: a thought corresponds to a complete sentence. There is debate about whether we can attribute such thoughts to animals. See also mentalism, mental states, opacity, thinking, reality, world/thinking, propositional attitudes, propositions, intensions, objects of thought, relation theory, mentalese, computation.
Author Item Excerpt Meta data
Millikan, Ruth
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Thoughts I 13
Thoughts: so this is about knowledge-what.
Classical realism: thinking and knowledge are separated for classical realism, and intentionality is transparent.
I 13
Intentionality/about/aboutness/MillikanVsTradition: Intentionality is not transparent: many processes that are "about" something are not aware of their users.
E.g. von Frisch knew what a bee dance is, the bees do not know. Bees react only appropriately to bee dances.
Thought: requires that the referent is identified.
Inference: involves acts of identification of what the thoughts are about. That is why they are representations.
I 244
Grasp/Millikan: what is it for a thinker to grasp what his thought is about?
I 245
Millikan: it is the ability to identify the referent of his thought with the referent of elements of other intentional icons.

Millk I
R. G. Millikan
Language, Thought, and Other Biological Categories: New Foundations for Realism Cambridge 1987

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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-04-24