A Dilemma or a Challenge? Assessing the All-star Team in a Wider Context

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In their update to Intentionality All-Stars, Hutto and Satne claim that there is currently no satisfactory account for a naturalised conception of content. From this the pair suggest that we need to consider whether content is present in all aspects of intelligence, that is, whether it is content all the way down. Yet if we do not have an acceptable theory of content such a question seems out of place. It seems more appropriate to question whether content itself is the problematic assumption. This paper will explore this question, with the analysis hinging on whether those trying to naturalise content are facing a tough challenge as Haugeland (Philosophical Perspectives, 4, 45, 1990, 1985) has suggested, or whether it is a genuine dilemma as Hutto has suggested elsewhere (Hutto and Myin 2013). If those attempting to naturalise content are facing a genuine dilemma, a dilemma in which the non-existence of content is one of the horns, then it would seem that the issue is not at what stage you posit content, but whether you should posit content at all. This also has the added benefit of shifting the debate to a more global discussion, that is, the best way to explain intelligence, period.

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  • Behaviourism
  • Eliminativism
  • Enactivism
  • Mental representation

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  • Nikolai Alksnis

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