Intentionality naturalized: Continuity, reconstruction, and instrumentalism

Dialectica 49 (2-4):147-68 (1995)
This paper explicates and defends a social-naturalist conception of internationality and intentions, where internationality of scientific expressions is fundamental. Meanings of expressions are a function of their place in language-systems and of the relations of systems to object-level evidence and associated community activities-including deliberation and experiment. Naturalizing internationality requires social-intellectual reconstruction exemplified by the scientific community at its best. This approach emphasizes normative elements of pragmatic conceptions of meaning and their function in orientation. It requires social conditions and intellectual practices making knowledge of intentions possible. Scientific ends, methods, and meanings, together, constitute culturally evolved instruments of adaptation to, and reconstruction of, physical and cultural environments.
Keywords Continuity  Instrumentalism  Intentionality  Metaphysics  Naturalism  Reconstruction  Dewey  Frisch, M
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DOI 10.1111/j.1746-8361.1995.tb00159.x
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