Philosophy, Psychology and Neuroscience

Organic Meaning

I develop a notion of meaning that is richer than the mere transmission of information, but does not require communicative intentions such as one finds in the tradition flowing from Paul Grice’s Intention-Based Semantics. This notion—which I call organic meaning—applies to a wide variety of animal communication, and can be embedded within the framework of evolutionary game theory. It also allows us to sharpen some questions that are currently of interest to students of the evolution of language.