Crítica, Revista Hispanoamericana de Filosofía, Volume 47, number 140, agosto 2015
Borderline Experiences One Cannot Undergo
[Experiencias fronterizas que no se pueden tener]
Miguel Ángel Sebastián
Instituto de Investigaciones Filosóficas
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

msebastian@gmail.com

Abstract: Representationalism maintains that the phenomenal character of an experience is fully determined by its intentional content. Representationalism is a very attractive theory in the project of naturalizing consciousness, on the assumption that the relation of representation can itself be naturalized. For this purpose, representationalists with naturalistic inclinations typically appeal to teleological theories of mental content. Not much attention has been paid, however, to the interaction between representationalism and teleological theories of content. This paper will provide reasons to think that such an interaction is not felicitous. In particular, I will argue that those who endorse the conjunction of these two theories are committed to the existence of impossible experiences.
Keywords: vagueness, interindeterminacy, consciousness, representationalism, teleosemantics

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