Philosophy, Psychology and Neuroscience

The intentionality of smell

This paper argues against opponents that smell does represent. Then it defends the Lycan (1996) view of what smell represents, viz., miasmas in the air, against more recent competitors put forward by Clare Batty and Ben Young. It concludes by considering a "layering" thesis: that smell represents commonsensical distal objects and kinds, but only by representing miasmas.