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Unconscious Intentionality And The Status Of Normativity In Searle’s Philosophy: With Comparative Reference To Traditional Chinese Thought

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This chapter discusses one salient topic in Searle's theory, i.e., 'unconscious intentionality', and also put it in some comparative light from a broad Chinese perspective. Perhaps as a byproduct, the author's appraisal of Searle's relevant views might also serve to show both the virtues and limitations of certain core ideas in traditional Chinese philosophy. The author's suggested solution can be sketched in a broad stroke as the following two related points. Firstly, normative relations or structures are ontologically real and independent things discoverable in nature as well as in human culture. Secondly, it is the assumption that those ontologically real and original (i.e., primitive and preceding) forms of normativity must await the later evolutionary emergence of human rationality and intentionality for their acquiring the meaning or status of the 'normative content' as we, the fully rational animals, understand.

Keywords: human culture; normative relations; rational animals; Searle's theory; traditional Chinese perspective; unconscious intentionality



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