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This chapter presents the author's reply to Kim-Chong Chong's views on capacity, ability and constitutive rules. The author considers seriously the distinction made by Xun Zi over 2000 years ago between "capacity" and "ability". He taught that there is an innate capacity to recognize a distinction between the natural environment and conscious others. It is a common feature of humans and lots of animals, and it is not because they have solved the other minds problem philosophically. It seems to be innate. The hierarchy among animals is not like the hierarchy among human beings, because it is not linguistically represented. The only thing the author would like to add to Chong's presentation would be to call attention to the centrality of language.

Keywords: constitutive rules; Kim-Chong Chong; natural environment



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