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In this chapter, the author talks about Professor Chris Fraser and adds further gloss or explanation to Fraser's talk. The chapter presents a dialogue between Fraser and the author. They analyze Dreyfus' view on intentional action. The reason Fraser denies it is that normally someone would do it unthinkingly. One does not have to think about it. For instance, it just feels more comfortable to be a little further away from the person who enters an elevator. And in some countries people feel very uncomfortable because people get much closer to you than they would in California. It is just that they have a different set of Background practices. Dreyfus presents this example as something that is supposed to be not a case of an intentional action. But, the author considers this example to be clearly intentional.

Keywords: California; Chris Fraser; Dreyfus' view; intentional action; John R. Searle



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