Resisting Descriptivist terms for intentional concepts
Descriptive theories of reference stand in contrast to Causal theories. Eliniativist Arg: (Churchland) - intentional concepts defined by folk psychology are likely false. -presumes descriptive account- are non-referring
Problem with causal theories ; continuity too easy Reference sometimes ambiguous “The qua problem”
Some causal theories - Nomological theories (Fodor) - c's refer to r's by virtue if nomic connection between c's and r's
Do we need reference-fixers?
Conditions for ref-fixing I. II. Iii. Sensitivity to intentions in others - emotional contagion - gaze following
Consequence of causal framework is that children do reference fixing of intentional states without understanding conceptually what they're doing
Summary Conclusion: Reference fixing must precede concept acquisition.