Intentionality and the Non-Psychological
Martin (C.B.) & Pfeifer (Karl)
Source: Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Vol. 46, No. 4 (Jun., 1986), pp. 531-554
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Authors’ Introduction

  1. We will show that the most typical characterizations of intentionality, including those discussed by William Lycan in his article "On 'Intentionality' and the Psychological," and also Lycan's own suggested characterization and John Searle's more extended treatments of the concept all fail to distinguish intentional mental states from non-intentional dispositional physical states. Accepting any of these current accounts will be to take a quick road to panpsychism!
  2. The cases and arguments we develop are not meant merely to show up errors and inadequacies but are meant to show in detail how the persistent and widespread failure to distinguish between intentionality and non-intentional causal dispositionality has compromised much recent work (including that of Searle's) on intentionality. The clear need to make such a distinction should provide a direction for future work on the subject.

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