Strong Liberal Representationalism


The received view holds that there is a significant divide between full-blown representational states and so called ‘detectors’, which are mechanisms set of by specifc stimuli that trigger a particular effect. The main goal of this paper is to defend the idea that many detectors are genuine representations, a view that I call `Strong Liberal Representationalism’. More precisely, I argue that ascribing semantic properties to them contributes to an explanation of behavior, guides research in useful ways and can accommodate misrepresentation.

forthcoming in Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences