Intentionality: An Essay in the Philosophy of Mind
Searle (John)
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  1. John Searle's "Searle (John) - Speech Acts: An Essay in the Philosophy of Language" (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.
  2. 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.
  3. Intentionality is taken to be the crucial mental phenomenon, and its analysis involves wide-ranging discussions of perception, action, causation, meaning, and reference.
  4. In all these areas John Searle has original and stimulating views. He ends with a resolution of the 'mind-body' problem.


CUP Paperback, 1983 (1999 reprint)

"Searle (John) - Intentionality"

Source: Searle - Intentionality

"Searle (John) - Proper Names and Intentionality"

Source: Martinich - The Philosophy of Language

Philosophers Index Abstract
    The purpose of this article is to explain how an account of proper names can be incorporated into a general account of the intentionality of mind and language. I show that such an account supports the so-called descriptivist conception of proper names and in so doing I answer the objections of causal theorists.

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