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Evolving EnactivismBasic Minds Meet Content$
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Daniel D. Hutto and Erik Myin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262036115

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262036115.001.0001

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Ur-Intentionality: What’s It All About?

Ur-Intentionality: What’s It All About?

(p.93) 5 Ur-Intentionality: What’s It All About?
Evolving Enactivism

Daniel D. Hutto

Erik Myin

The MIT Press

Chapter 5 does two things: it clarifies the features of world-involving but contentless Ur-intentionality and how this fundamental form of intentionality can be understood naturalistically. It explains how it is possible to make sense of REC’s proposal that basic minds are contentless while nonetheless holding on to the claim that such minds exhibit a kind of basic intentionality. It does so by situating REC’s notion of Ur-intentionality within the larger history of attempts to explicate the notion of intentionality simpliciter, showing that there is conceptual space for and reason to believe in a nonrepresentational form of intentionality. The second part of the chapter provides a fresh analysis of how and why this most basic kind of intentionality can be best accounted for in naturalistic terms by means of a RECtified teleosemantics—one stripped of problematic semantic ambitions and put to different theoretical use, namely, that of explicating the most basic, nonsemantic forms of world-involving cognition.

Keywords:   intentionality, directedness, aboutness, Ur-Intentionality, intensionality, teleosemantics, teleosemiotics

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