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Intencionalidade: mecanismo e interacção

Author(s): Porfírio Silva

Journal: Principia : an International Journal of Epistemology
ISSN 1414-4247

Volume: 14;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 255;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Intentionality | mechanism | interaction | reductionism | Ruth G. Millikan

In this essay we try an answer to the question has intentionality to be reduced to anything? We propose that it is possible to reduce any variety of intentionality to a specification of mechanisms (internal organization of the items involved in a given intentional phenomenon) and a historical pattern of interaction (structure of mutual significant relations historically acquired by different items involved in the same intentional phenomenon). We first clarify the meaning of this proposal having recourse to the Ruth Millikan’s teleosemantics. Then, we assess the relevance and feasibility of our proposal, considering, in a succession, the case of animals and humans, of machines, and of sophisticated human collectives. We conclude arguing the heuristic nature of the proposed reduction.
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