"For to contentful mental states to be inferentially related, they ought to have at least one constituent in common"That puzzled me, because it seems easy to give examples of inferences in which none of the premises share a constituent with the conclusion. Take for example the inference from "b is red" to "There are non-blue things". The inference works because "red things are not blue" is analitically true (though not being logically true, or true in virtue of the sintax alone.) Does anyone else shares my feelings?
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
On inference relations and constituents of representations
Today Pepa Toribio gave a thoughtful and dense talk on nonconceptualism, and the very beginning of it she told us that