Nicholas Shea's writings are required reading for philosophers of mind, especially those interested in the mind sciences. Representation in Cognitive Science cements his position as one of the field's foremost practitioners. The book mobilizes his broad and deep knowledge of cognitive science, his formidable philosophical craft, and his admirably clear writing style to powerful effect.

When a mental state represents the world as being a certain way, we can ask whether the mental state correctly represents how the world is. Shea aims to provide naturalistically acceptable sufficient conditions for mental states to have correctness-conditions. Thus, his discussion contributes to the literature on “naturalizing intentionality.” Unlike most participants in that literature, Shea illustrates his approach with detailed scientific examples, including research on perception, motor control, animal navigation, and causal reasoning. The generous buffet of scientific case studies is a welcome contrast with previous naturalizing efforts,...

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