Intentionality Naturalized: Continuity, Reconstruction, and Instrumentalism

TitleIntentionality Naturalized: Continuity, Reconstruction, and Instrumentalism
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1995
AuthorsCallaway, HG
JournalDialectica
Volume49
Pagination147-68
Abstract

This paper explicates and defends a social-naturalist conception of internationality and intentions, where internationality of scientific expressions is fundamental. Meanings of expressions are a function of their place in language-systems and of the relations of systems to object-level evidence and associated community activities-including deliberation and experiment. Naturalizing internationality requires social-intellectual reconstruction exemplified by the scientific community at its best. This approach emphasizes normative elements of pragmatic conceptions of meaning and their function in orientation. It requires social conditions and intellectual practices making knowledge of intentions possible. Scientific ends, methods, and meanings, together, constitute culturally evolved instruments of adaptation to, and reconstruction of, physical and cultural environments.