Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary
Barsalou: Perpetual symbol systems

What makes perceptual symbols perceptual?

Murat Aydede a1
a1 The University of Chicago, Department of Philosophy, Chicago, IL 60637


Three major attempts by Barsalou to specify what makes a perceptual symbol perceptual fail. One way to give such an account is to use symbols' causal/nomic relation to what they represent, roughly the way contemporary informational psychosemanticists develop their theories, but this fails to draw the distinction Barsalou seems to have in mind.