Précis of The Intentional Stance

@article{Dennett1988PrcisOT,
  title={Pr{\'e}cis of The Intentional Stance},
  author={Daniel C. Dennett},
  journal={Behavioral and Brain Sciences},
  year={1988},
  volume={11},
  pages={495 - 505}
}
  • D. Dennett
  • Published 1 September 1988
  • Philosophy, Psychology
  • Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Abstract The intentional stance is the strategy of prediction and explanation that attributes beliefs, desires, and other “intentional” states to systems – living and nonliving – and predicts future behavior from what it would be rational for an agent to do, given those beliefs and desires. Any system whose performance can be thus predicted and explained is an intentional system, whatever its innards. The strategy of treating parts of the world as intentional systems is the foundation of “folk… 
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