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15. Nature of Minds / B. Features of Minds / 4. Intentionality / b. Intentionality theories

[how can intentional states be explained?]

23 ideas
Berkeley replaced intentionality with an anti-abstractionist imagist theory of thought [Berkeley, by Robinson,H]
Intentionality is the mark of dispositions, not of the mental [Place]
Is intentionality a special sort of function? [Rorty]
Consciousness is essential and basic to intentionality [Searle]
Intentionality is defined in terms of representation [Searle]
It seems impossible that an exact physical copy of this world could lack intentionality [Kim]
Intentionality involves both reference and content [Kim]
Unconscious intentionality is the foundation of the mind [Dennett]
Theories of intentionality presuppose rationality, so can't explain it [Dennett]
Intentional science needs objects with semantic and causal properties, and which obey laws [Fodor]
Intentional states and processes may be causal relations among mental symbols [Fodor]
Intentionality doesn't go deep enough to appear on the physicists' ultimate list of things [Fodor]
We can't use propositions to explain intentional attitudes, because they would need explaining [Fodor]
Is intentionality outwardly folk psychology, inwardly mentalese? [Lyons on Fodor]
Behaviourism says intentionality is an external relation; language of thought says it's internal [Kirk,R]
Intentional explanations are always circular [Rey]
Teleological views allow for false intentional content, unlike causal and nomological theories [Lycan]
Consciousness no longer seems essential to intentionality [Lyons]
Is intentionality just causal connections? [Chalmers]
Dispositionality provides the grounding for intentionality [Heil]
Intentionality now has internalist (intrinsic to thinkers) and externalist (environment or community) views [Heil]
The widespread externalist view says intentionality has content because of causal links of agent to world [Heil]
Physicists see information as a measure of order, but for biologists it is symbolic exchange between animals [Edelman/Tononi]