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[catalogued under 15. Nature of Minds / B. Features of Minds / 4. Intentionality / b. Intentionality theories]

Full Idea

Intentional properties should be analyzable in terms of causal connections to behaviour and the environment….so there is no separate ontological problem of intentionality.

Gist of Idea

Is intentionality just causal connections?


David J.Chalmers (The Conscious Mind [1996], 1.2.5)

Book Reference

Chalmers,David J.: 'The Conscious Mind' [OUP 1997], p.82

A Reaction

There could only be no ontological problem if intentional states were purely physical. Everything is made of something (I presume).