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 [email protected]


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.