Language, Thought, and Other Biological Categories

Language, Thought, and Other Biological Categories

New Foundations for Realism

By Ruth Garrett Millikan





Beginning with a general theory of function applied to body organs, behaviors, customs, and both inner and outer representations, Ruth Millikan argues that the intentionality of language can be described without reference to speaker intentions and that an understanding of the intentionality of thought can and should be divorced from the problem of understanding consciousness. The results support a realist theory of truth and of universals, and open the way for a nonfoundationalist and nonholistic approach to epistemology.

A Bradford Book


Out of Print ISBN: 9780262131957 367 pp. | 5.8 in x 8.9 in


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  • An exciting book. It is a sustained effort at developing a naturalistic view of intentionality. Millikan's writing is clear, forceful, and illuminating.

    Hector Neri-Casteneda

    Indiana University