Philosophy Dictionary of Arguments

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Function/causality/Dennett: having causal powers is not yet a function. Question: whether the first nucleotides already had a function - Function: more than causality - question: do the "gliders" in the "Game of Life" have a function or do they just move?
I 575
Meaning/function/Dennett: Vending machine and communication of the frog eye derive their meaning from the function. Where the function returns no answer, there is nothing left to investigate - the meanings of people are just as derived as the meanings of the vending machine - that proves the example of the twin earth - otherwise one must postulate essentialism. PutnamVsDennett: Meaning has more to do with reference than with function. Function does not allocate a correct causal role to meaning

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.
The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Dennett I
D. Dennett
Darwin’s Dangerous Idea, New York 1995
German Edition:
Darwins gefährliches Erbe Hamburg 1997

Dennett II
D. Dennett
Kinds of Minds, New York 1996
German Edition:
Spielarten des Geistes Gütersloh 1999

Dennett III
Daniel Dennett
"COG: Steps towards consciousness in robots"
Bewusstein, Thomas Metzinger, Paderborn/München/Wien/Zürich 1996

Dennett IV
Daniel Dennett
"Animal Consciousness. What Matters and Why?", in: D. C. Dennett, Brainchildren. Essays on Designing Minds, Cambridge/MA 1998, pp. 337-350
Der Geist der Tiere, D Perler/M. Wild, Frankfurt/M. 2005

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