Single Idea 11934

[catalogued under 8. Modes of Existence / C. Powers and Dispositions / 2. Powers as Basic]

Full Idea

Something very much like mental intentionality is a pervasive and ineliminable feature of the physical world.

Gist of Idea

The physical world has a feature very like mental intentionality


George Molnar (Powers [1998], 3.2)

Book Reference

Molnar,George: 'Powers: a study in metaphysics', ed/tr. Mumford,Stephen [OUP 2003], p.61

A Reaction

I like this, because it offers a continuous account of mind and world. The idea that intentionality is some magic ingredient that marks off a non-physical type of reality is nonsense. See Fodor's attempts to reduce intentionality.