Chapter 2. Representationalism Reconsidered

  1. Dominic Murphy Senior Lecturer2 and
  2. Michael Bishop Professor3
  1. Peter Godfrey-Smith Professor

Published Online: 14 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308709.ch2

Stich: And His Critics

Stich: And His Critics

How to Cite

Godfrey-Smith, P. (2009) Representationalism Reconsidered, in Stich: And His Critics (eds D. Murphy and M. Bishop), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444308709.ch2

Editor Information

  1. 2

    The University of Sydney, Australia

  2. 3

    Florida State University, USA

Author Information

  1. Harvard University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 20 MAR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405112079

Online ISBN: 9781444308709



  • representationalism reconsidered;
  • one part of philosophy - concerned with integration of everyday, “folk” picture of human thought and agency with information from sciences;
  • basic representationalist model - focusing on particular sense of “representation,” and a way of talking about representations;
  • model-based theorizing and homuncular functionalism;
  • cast representationalism within different overall philosophical framework;
  • “Look, Mr Dalton - Elementism should be seen as more like a model, with an accompanying ‘grammar’ …”


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The Basic Representationalist Model

  • Model-based Theorizing and Homuncular Functionalism

  • Other Pieces of the Picture

  • “Look, Mr Dalton …”

  • References