A theory of practical meaning


Journal Article

This essay introduces the notion of practical meaning by looking at a certain kind of procedural system-the motor system-that plays a central role in computational models of motor behavior. I suggest that a semantics for motor commands has to appeal to a distinctively practical kind of meaning. Defending the explanatory relevance of motor representation and of its semantic properties in a computational explanation of motor behavior, my argument concludes that practical meanings play a central role in an adequate explanation of motor behavior that is based on these computational models. In the second part of this essay, I generalize and clarify the notion of practical meaning, and I defend the intelligibility of practical meanings against an important objection.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Pavese, C

Published Date

  • September 1, 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 45 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 65 - 96

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2154-154X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0276-2080

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.5840/philtopics201745214

Citation Source

  • Scopus