The Intentional Stance

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-How are we able to understand each other in our daily interactions? Through the use of such “folk” concepts as belief, desire, intention and expectation, Daniel Dennet asserts in this first full scale presentation of a theory of intentionality that he has been developing for over twenty years. We adopt a stance, a predictive strategy of interpretation that presupposes the rationality of people-or other entities-we are hoping to understand and predict. The 10 essays included here represent the vanguard of Dennet’s thought, push his theories into surprising new territory and reveal fresh lines on enquiry into fundamental issues of psychology, artificial intelligence and evolutionary theory as well as traditional issues in the philosophy of the mind.