Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Intention: the will to commit an act, as opposed to a random occurrence of such an event. See also motives, causation, will.

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Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

 
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Intention/action/life/Evolution/Dennett: modes of action within such primitive systems (macromolecules) are similar to intentional actions. The systems are driven by information and strive for goals.
Thermometers are similar "pseudo-agents"! They are "intentional systems".
In order to understand them we should take the "intentional position" against them.
II 57
Purpose/intention/meaning/action/Dennett: the goal of expressing exactly how the actor sees his task is erroneous, a pointless exercise, like reading poems under the microscope.


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Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.

Den I
D. Dennett
Darwins gefährliches Erbe Hamburg 1997

Den II
D. Dennett
Spielarten des Geistes Gütersloh 1999


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