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Daniel Dennetts Intentional Systems Before I begin summarizing the paper I would like to at least for myself get my personal feelings toward the paper itself and to clear up what I think is meant by Daniel Dennetts term intentional In my opinion Dennett does a poor job of explaining the term unless the entire paper is intended to be a definition in which case it may be satisfactory however in that event I will divulge that Dennetts style of writing is like that of some other authors that we have read I can understand every single word in the paper however the method used by these authors to string together words is unlike mine and I find it difficult to fully comprehend the ideas he lays before me not because I cannot grasp them but because somewhere in between his thought process itself and me hearing his explanation of his thought process there is a loss of connection Some authors we have read have not had this style I found Tom Nagle to make perfect sense and I read the paper rather quickly and absorbed it all I feel he writes in a manner similar to the scientific authors that I like to read in my free time Most dictionaries I looked in for a definition of intentional did not give one that prompted me to think of it in any other way They all said something along the lines of having the mind bent on an idea thing or person None of the ones I had looked in made me think of intentional in any new way However Websters 1828 Dictionary did It defines intentional as adj Intended designed done with design or purpose This definition finally achieved the click I had been looking for There are many ways which people use to explain the world around them Some use philosophy Some use science I know
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