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 m-aydede@uchicago.edu http://humanities.uchicago.edu/faculty/aydede/

Abstract

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.