Nano-intentionality: a defense of intrinsic intentionality

  title={Nano-intentionality: a defense of intrinsic intentionality},
  author={W. Tecumseh Fitch},
  journal={Biology \& Philosophy},
  • W. Fitch
  • Published 2008
  • Psychology
  • Biology & Philosophy
I suggest that most discussions of intentional systems have overlooked an important aspect of living organisms: the intrinsic goal-directedness inherent in the behaviour of living eukaryotic cells. This goal directedness is nicely displayed by a normal cell’s ability to rearrange its own local material structure in response to damage, nutrient distribution or other aspects of its individual experience. While at a vastly simpler level than intentionality at the human cognitive level, I propose… Expand

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