Title
Symmetry between the intentionality of minds and machines? The Biological plausibility of Dennett's Account. Symmetry between the intentionality of minds and machines? The Biological plausibility of Dennett's Account.
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Arts. Philosophy
Publication type
article
Publication
Dordrecht ,
Subject
Philosophy
Source (journal)
Minds and machines. - Dordrecht
Volume/pages
16(2006) :1 , p. 57-71
ISSN
0924-6495
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Abstract
One of the most influential arguments against the claim that computers can think is that while our intentionality is intrinsic, that of computers is derived: it is parasitic on the intentionality of the programmer who designed the computer-program. Daniel Dennett chose a surprising strategy for arguing against this asymmetry: instead of denying that the intentionality of computers is derived, he endeavours to argue that human intentionality is derived too. I intend to examine that biological plausibility of Dennetts suggestion and show that Dennetts argument for the claim that human intentionality is derived because it was designed by natural selection is based on the misunderstanding of how natural selection works.