“A recipe for thought”. •. •. Fred Dretske a sketch of a “naturalistic” account of intentional mental states (a “psychosemantics”). “Thought may be intentional. View Notes – dretske from PHIL at University Of Arizona. Fred Dretske A recipe for thought Phil/Psyc Fall How do you build a thinking thing?. A question about Dretske’s idea that intentionality can be located in things outside of the mind — such as compasses, thermometers, and even.

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On the Rationality of Decisions with Unreliable Probabilities. To remedy this we add the criterion that not only must P usually be caused by C but that P must cause the system to act including thought-acts as if C. He asserts that all of these demonstrate psychological intentionality and cannot be explained in non-psychological, nonintentional terms Chalmersp. He also contended that it is possible for two different states to be directed towards the same object and only psychological phenomena had this object directedness Chalmersp.

Just as when investigating consciousness, dfetske arise when attempting to find some criterion for an intentional relation in a specific instant. Examples that he gives are dark clouds, tree rings, or smoke.

Instead of requiring that C be the usual cause of P we instead require it to be the usual external cause of P, allowing P to be caused by internal processes as well specifically whatever unconscious processes produce thoughts. Sign in to use this feature. Chisholm accounts for the intentionality of thoughts through language, semantics, and mental expectation.

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Of course behavior is how we usually determine whether a system has intentionality, since it is what we can most easily observe, but internal changes thoughts also count, as mentioned above, and so it is possible that some completely immobile systems have intentionality, although we might never know it. This essay will explore the claims recip by Chisholm and Dretske and ascertain the validity of their arguments as to whether the all the contents of the mind are physical or mental states.


A feature of mental states is their content. Sign in Create an account. Notify me of new comments via email. Recipe of a Life.

For Dretske Jacobinformation exhibits some degree of intentionality and is able to show both the intentionality of beliefs as well as its derived intentionality of an utterance that can misrepresent such information. Added to PP index Total downloads 6, of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 3of 2, How can I increase my downloads? Fernando Birman – – Disputatio 3 Are intentional mental states simply physical states?

A Recipe for Thought

Fortunately, the account we have been developing requires only a small change to account for this. Recently I have been considering the idea that it is only possible to determine if a system recippe conscious by examining how the state of the system in a given instant is reclpe to previous and subsequent moments, as well as the properties of the system at that moment which are all some theories consider relevant for consciousness.

Through his recipe for thought, Dretske is asserting a purely physicalist ontology of the mind. For Chisholm intentionality cannot be naturalized because no such psychological fact can be identified flr a physical fact. We are the ones whose purposes and attitudes determine the success or failure of such physical phenomena. With the claim that intentionality is necessary for mentality it can be countered with the claim that sensations are mental states that are non-intentional Byrne n.

Bart Geurts – – Cambridge University Press. Find it on Scholar. For example, the statement I am thinking about fire-breathing dragons simply means that my thoughts are directed toward such dragons, even though they do not physically exist.

Intentionality in Philosophy of Mind Physicalism in Metaphysics categorize this paper. It is the derived power of such objects to misrepresent that Dretskep. Trackback URL janetthomas says: However, Chisholm statesp.

Yehudah Freundlich – – Dialogue 16 3: This article has no associated abstract. If they had a physical determining factor they would not be a mental state because they would be derived from physical perceptions. A photo of a dog is only about a dog because it invokes in us sensations similar to those that we have when we see a real dog. This is because intentionality, as presented here, is not a part of the mind, instead it is a way that we can describe or talk about the mind.


They have no physical determining factor. No arrangement of matter, it would seem, could be intentional because we could take an image of that arrangement, and, despite the fact that the image preserves all the relevant information, the image would not have intentionality. Science Logic and Mathematics. Reblogged this on janetthomas.

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Tags Philosophy of the Mind. The thoughts about that monster are further intentional states, however the language that the subject speaks about the monster or the painting that the subject does of the monster are not.

Fred Dretske – – Philosophical Studies 70 2: Therefore, we have intentional phenomena the compass with an intensional context its use or purpose and that this intensionality is as much a part of the intentional phenomena as its original intentionality. You are commenting using your WordPress.

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