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1. DiDomenico, David. Teleofunctionalism and the Normativity of Practical Rationality.

Degree: MA, Philosophy, 2014, Georgia State University

In this thesis, I apply teleofunctionalism to a current debate concerning the normativity of practical rationality. Assuming teleofunctionalism is the correct theory of mental phenomena, I argue that it can provide a promising account of the normativity of practical rationality. This claim is motivated by the idea that a capacity to represent internal states, external states, and relations between these states as reasons for action has a teleofunction, and is thus a source of normativity. This teleofunction is marked by a distinctive causal role that reason-representation plays in action. Although I argue that this capacity developed out of processes of biological natural selection, the content of representations of reasons for action produced by the mechanisms underlying this capacity need not be determined solely by biological selection. In an effort to naturalize normativity in this way, I discuss the relation between biological-functional normativity and the normativity of rationality itself. Advisors/Committee Members: Eddy Nahmias, Dan Weiskopf, Eric Wilson, Neil Van Leeuwen.

Subjects/Keywords: Teleofunctionalism; Practical rationality; Normativity; Action; Mental representation; Content

…1 2. TELEOFUNCTIONALISM, REASON-REPRESENTATION, & RATIONAL NORMS….........7 3. 2.1… …extent to which teleofunctionalism, a substantive thesis in the philosophy of mind, can explain… …this kind of normativity. Teleofunctionalism is an attractive tool for bridging the gap… …teleofunctionalism still fails because “biological imperatives are not enough to make a course of action… …been genetically selected for. Perhaps Schroeder is too quick to dismiss teleofunctionalism… 

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APA (6th Edition):

DiDomenico, D. (2014). Teleofunctionalism and the Normativity of Practical Rationality. (Thesis). Georgia State University. Retrieved from https://scholarworks.gsu.edu/philosophy_theses/154

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Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

DiDomenico, David. “Teleofunctionalism and the Normativity of Practical Rationality.” 2014. Thesis, Georgia State University. Accessed January 25, 2020. https://scholarworks.gsu.edu/philosophy_theses/154.

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MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

DiDomenico, David. “Teleofunctionalism and the Normativity of Practical Rationality.” 2014. Web. 25 Jan 2020.

Vancouver:

DiDomenico D. Teleofunctionalism and the Normativity of Practical Rationality. [Internet] [Thesis]. Georgia State University; 2014. [cited 2020 Jan 25]. Available from: https://scholarworks.gsu.edu/philosophy_theses/154.

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Council of Science Editors:

DiDomenico D. Teleofunctionalism and the Normativity of Practical Rationality. [Thesis]. Georgia State University; 2014. Available from: https://scholarworks.gsu.edu/philosophy_theses/154

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Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

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