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Beyond Concepts: Unicepts, Language, and Natural Information

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2018.06.09 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Ruth Garrett Millikan, Beyond Concepts: Unicepts, Language, and Natural Information, Oxford University Press, 2017, 256 pp., $35.00, ISBN 9780198717195. Reviewed by Andrea Onofri, University of Graz In her previous work, Ruth Millikan has developed a highly influential and original account of cognition and language, applying contemporary evolutionary theory to a number of traditional philosophical problems. Her new book is based on the same methodological approach, addressing Kant's question "how is knowledge possible? . . . from a contemporary naturalist standpoint" (p. 3). Part One applies this perspective to the problem of cognition, while Part Two develops an account of information and of how cognitive systems extract such information from natural and intentional signs. This book is a great philosophical achievement. The breadth and originality of Millikan's view are remarkable. She shows how a. . .

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Thin Objects

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Øystein Linnebo’s book Thin Objects: An Abstractionist Account is out from OUP. If you’ve been following his contributions to debates on neo-Fregean philosophy of mathematics and related issues over some fifteen years, you won’t be surprised by the general line; but you will be pleased to have the strands of thought brought together in a shortish and (at least relative to the topic) accessible book. If you are new to Linnebo’s brand of neo-neo-neo-Fregeanism, this is your chance to catch up! I confess that, having read Frege at an impressionable age, I still rather want something broadly Fregean to be right. I want there to be mathematical objects OK, but for them to be “thin”, to use Linnebo’s word — which he cashes out (perhaps not entirely happily, I’d say) as “not making a substantial demand on the world”. Linnebo gets his thin objects, Frege-style — his Platonism on the cheap — by conjuring the objects into being by. . .

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How Colours Matter to Philosophy

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2018.06.08 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Marcos Silva (ed.), How Colours Matter to Philosophy, Springer, 2017, 317pp., $139.99, ISBN 9783319673974. Reviewed by Dimitria Electra Gatzia, The University of Akron This volume is ambitious with respect to both number of contributions and scope: there are 18 papers, which cover a wide variety of topics within metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, logic, mathematics, and aesthetics. The book has three parts: (i) history of philosophy, (ii) aesthetics and philosophy of mind, and (iii) philosophy of language and logic, although there is a nice overlap among these areas. Unlike other anthologies on colour (e.g., Readings on Color by Alex Byrne and David Hilbert, 1996), which survey primarily empirically based philosophy of colour and colour science, this volume is all-encompassing. Various themes extend across the analytic and continental traditions. This approach vindicates Wittgenstein's remark. . .

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