Are our Brains Subcutaneous Machines of Truth-Optimization?

Zilhão António

Abstract


Strategies purporting to determine the meaning of inner states of
belief-content in terms of their inferential role usually assume the inner
structure of the human inferential competence to be that of first order
logic plus identity. Considerations of computational complexity and
cumbersomeness of representation tend to undermine the plausibility of
combining such strategies with this assumption. In this paper I contend
that appealing to rules of default reasoning won’t make things turn out any
better for the inferential role functionalist.

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