Mental Representation

May 20, 2016 - May 21, 2016
Institute of Philosophy, School of Advanced Study, University of London

Senate House
London WC1E 7HU
United Kingdom


  • AHRC

All speakers:

Marc Artiga
Rosa Cao
Peter Godfrey-Smith
Kate Jeffrey
Nikolaus Kriegskorte
Manolo Martinez
Jesse Prinz
Michael Rescorla

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What is the nature of representational content? Can a naturalistic theory or account be given of the content of mental representations? This conference will take stock of the new wave of work on that issue. There will be a particular focus on some of the simpler systems whose operation has been well-characterised by psychology and cognitive neuroscience. Topics to be addressed include:

- What role if any do functions play in fixing representational content?

- How should such functions be characterised?

- What is the role of ‘exploitable relations’ in fixing content?

- What makes something a cognitive map?

- What is it for an organism or system to make use of a cognitive map?

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May 18, 2016, 5:00pm BST

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