Comment on Searle: Philosophy and the Empirical Study of Consciousness

Consciousness and Cognition 2 (4):320-333 (1993)

Anthony B. Dardis
Hofstra University
I make three points about Searle’s philosophical work on consciousness and intentionality. First, I comment on Searle’s presentation and paper “The Problems of Consciousness.” I show that one of Searle’s philosophical claims about the relation between consciousness and intentionality appears to conflict with a demand he makes on acceptable empirical theories of the brain. Second, I argue that closer attention to the difference between conceptual connections and empirical connections corrects and improves Searle’s response to the so-called “Logical Connections” argument, the argument that claims that mental states cannot be causes, since they are conceptually connected with actions. Third, I give a formulation of his Chinese Room argument that avoids some tempting responses.
Keywords consciousness  intentionality  chinese room  logical connections argument  reasons and causes
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DOI 10.1006/ccog.1993.1027
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