Intentionality and the physical: A new theory of disposition ascription

Philosophical Quarterly 49 (195):215-25 (1999)
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Stephen Mumford
Durham University
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This paper has three aims. First, I aim to stress the importance of the issue of the dispositional/categorical distinction in the light of the evident failure of the traditional formulation, which is in terms of conditional entailment. Second, I consider one radical new alternative on offer from Ullin Place: intentionality as the mark of the dispositional. I explain the appeal of physical intentionality, but show it ultimately to be unacceptable. Finally, I suggest what would be a better theory. If we take disposition ascriptions to be functional characterizations of properties, then we can explain all that was appealing about the new alternative without the unacceptable consequences
Keywords Intentionality  Logic  Physicalism  Martin, C  Mellor, D H
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DOI 10.1111/1467-9213.00138
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