Aim that Bow! An Interactivist Gaze at the Problem of Intentional Tracking

Axiomathes 21 (1):67-97 (2011)
Itay Shani
Sun Yat Sen University, Zhuhai Campus
In this essay I offer a theory of the outward directedness of intentional states, namely, an account of what makes intentional states directed at their respective intentional objects. The theory is meant to be complementary to the canonical interactivist account of mental content in that the latter emphasizes the predicative, intensional, and internal aspects of representation whereas here I shall focus on its denotative, extensional, and external aspects. Thus, the aim is to establish that the two projects are not only consistent but mutually supportive. Further, it is hoped that supplementing the interactivist conception of representation with a theory of intentional directedness along such lines will increase its overall appeal to critical readers. Based on the core idea that the directedness of a representation is a function of the manner in which it is constructed within, and contributes to the ongoing unfolding of a dynamical interactive loop connecting information to focused action, the theory is subsequently extended to cover many problem domains familiarly associated with representation and reference
Keywords Aboutness  Abstract entities  Action-guidance  Disjunction problem  Fictional entities  Focus  Interactive loop  Predication  Tracking  Virtual interactive loop
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DOI 10.1007/s10516-010-9133-9
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