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Intentionality An Essay in the Philosophy of Mind

ISBN-10: 0521273021
ISBN-13: 9780521273022
Edition: 1983
Authors: John R. Searle
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Book details

List price: $62.00
Copyright year: 1983
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 5/31/1983
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 292
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990

John Searle's Speech Acts (1969) and Expression and Meaning (1979) developed a highly original and influential approach to the study of language. But behind both works lay the assumption that the philosophy of language is in the end a branch of the philosophy of the mind: speech acts are forms of human action and represent just one example of the mind's capacity to relate the human organism to the world. The present book is concerned with these biologically fundamental capacities, and, though third in the sequence, in effect it provides the philosophical foundations for the other two. Intentionality is taken to be the crucial mental phenomenon, and its analysis involves wide-ranging discussions of perception, action, causation, meaning, and reference. In all these areas John Searle has original and stimulating views. He ends with a resolution of the 'mind-body' problem.

Acknowledgements
Introduction
The nature of intentional states
The intentionality of perception
Intention and action
Intentional causation
The background
Meaning
Intensional reports of intentional states and speech acts
Are meanings in the head?
Proper names and intentionality
Epilogue: intentionality and the brain
Subject index
Name index

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