The Epigenesis of Meaning in Human Beings, and Possibly in Robots

@article{Zlatev2004TheEO,
  title={The Epigenesis of Meaning in Human Beings, and Possibly in Robots},
  author={Jordan Zlatev},
  journal={Minds and Machines},
  year={2004},
  volume={11},
  pages={155-195}
}
  • J. Zlatev
  • Published 1 May 2001
  • Philosophy
  • Minds and Machines
This article addresses a classical question: Can a machine use language meaningfully and if so, how can this be achieved? The first part of the paper is mainly philosophical. Since meaning implies intentionality on the part of the language user, artificial systems which obviously lack intentionality will be `meaningless' (pace e.g. Dennett). There is, however, no good reason to assume that intentionality is an exclusively biological property (pace e.g. Searle) and thus a robot with bodily… 
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