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Causation and Semantic Content

Frank Jackson

in The Oxford Handbook of Causation

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780199279739
Published online January 2010 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199279739.003.0029

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

Causation and Semantic Content

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How does causation enter the picture? Belief is a state shaped by the world, a state that seeks to fit the world; desire is a state that shapes the world, that seeks to make the world fit it. Both metaphors are compelling and are loaded with causality. We often use ‘reference’ for the relation between thought and world. We often use ‘content’ for how things have to be for, for example, a belief with that content to be true and a desire with that content satisfied. In these terms, the tradition of seeking to understand aboutness in causal terms is the tradition of seeking causal accounts of reference and content.

Keywords: reference and content; causation; semantic content; mental content; informational treatments; selectional treatments

Article.  5193 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Metaphysics ; Philosophy of Language

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