Intentionality, normativity, and a problem for Searle

Dialogue 42 (4):703-714 (2002)
At the heart of the philosophy of John Serale there is found a comprehensive biology of the spirit. But there is a tension in his position. On the one hand, modern biology, such as he understands it, requires a certain conception of normativity. On the other hand, the fashion in which Searle himself understands intentionality requires a very different conception of normativity. To resolve the difficulty, Searle must at the same time modify his understanding of biology and nuance his idea that spirit is a biological phenomenon just like any other.
Keywords Belief  Intentionality  Metaphysics  Normativity  Searle, J
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DOI 10.1017/S0012217300005473
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