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Searle’s Theory Of Intentionality As A Philosophical Method For Research In The Human Sciences

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This chapter addresses the recent bifurcation among China scholars through a rather circuitous route using this opportunity to analyze the differences between a Western, in this case American, and Chinese sense of self through the extension of Searle's theory of intentionality and social reality as a general social method. The chapter demonstrates how Searle's theory can operate as a philosophical method for method for human science research, the author questions Searle's notions of the Background and Network of Intentionality. First, the chapter presents the conceptual issues at stake in Searle's revisions of the Background and Network of Intentionality. Secondly, it provides data on students' collective intentionality and consciousness from previous studies needed as background to understand the comparative analysis of an American and Chinese sense of self that follows. . Thirdly, it discusses the theoretical challenges at issue and poses a reassessment of these issues through Searle's speech act apparatus.

Keywords: background and network of intentionality; China scholars; philosophical method; Searle's theory; social reality; Western sense



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