Single Idea 3997

[catalogued under 18. Thought / C. Content / 6. Broad Content]

Full Idea

There is nothing to support the thesis that wide content is the only kind of content, or that it is any way pre-eminent or basic.


'Wide' content is meaning which depends on how the world is, not on a mental state

Gist of Idea

Nothing shows that all content is 'wide', or that wide content has logical priority


David Lewis (Lewis: reduction of mind (on himself) [1994], p.424)

Book Reference

'A Companion to the Philosophy of Mind', ed/tr. Guttenplan,Samuel [Blackwell 1995], p.424

A Reaction

The idea that all content is 'wide' seems quite wrong. We can't all be wrong about the meaning of a word, because the underlying facts have not yet been discovered.