Reference and Representation: Philosophical Aspects

Frank Jackson*

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The concepts of representation and representational content are introduced. Examples of things that represent are barometers, sentences, and beliefs. They represent that things are a certain way. This means that they can be thought of as being about something or as referring to something - namely, the certain way in question. The article addresses the connections between representation and reference, accounts of content, representation in language, and mental representation, and discusses some theories of reference for names. The article concludes with discussions of language of thought versus map views of mental representation, and the debate over representation and context.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9780080970875
ISBN (Print)9780080970868
Publication statusPublished - 26 Mar 2015


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