Sandro Nannini

NATURALIZING MENTAL REPRESENTATIONS

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Keywords: mind, consciousness, self, intentionality, cognition.

The content of mental representations is implemented by the dynamics of the neural processes that implement such states. This dynamics controls the motor responses necessary to improve on average the probability of survival. Therefore the «intentionality» (in Brentano's sense) of mental representations can be naturalized and plays an essential role in the causal chain that connects our brain processes to our bodily movements (that is, in a naturalistic perspective, the causal chain that connects our mental states to our actions).

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