Single Idea 3506

[catalogued under 18. Thought / C. Content / 7. Narrow Content]

Full Idea

In intentional explanations of behaviour patterns in the behaviour are explained by the fact that the agent has a representation of that very pattern in its intentional apparatus, which functions causally in the production of the behaviour.

Gist of Idea

We explain behaviour in terms of actual internal representations in the agent


John Searle (The Rediscovery of the Mind [1992], Ch.10.IV)

Book Reference

Searle,John R.: 'The Rediscovery of the Mind' [MIT 1999], p.240

A Reaction

Problem cases would be where someone's behaviour doesn't come out quite as planned (e.g. the sentence spoken failed to match the proposition intended), and panic behaviour.