Illustrations - Illustrations (1) With regard to the second...

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Illustrations (1) With regard to the second of these three features, suppose that the basketball coach wants a center who is over eight feet tall. The mental state of wanting a center who is over eight feet "points outside of itself", but what it is "about" - a center who is over eight feet tall -may not in fact exist. (2) With regard to the third feature, suppose that the basketball coach would like to find the tallest person on campus. Suppose, further, that the tallest person on campus is identical with the coach's most severe critic, and the greatest serial killer of basketball coaches in history. It may very well not be the case that the basketball coach would like to find his most severe critic, and the greatest serial killer of basketball coaches in history. 1.2 Intensional Language and Intentional States Points (b) and (c) in the preceding characterization of intentionality will be clearer, I think, if they are set out against the background of a distinction, within philosophy of language, between extensional and intensional contexts within sentences. First, then, the concept of an extensional context . Consider the sentence: "Sandra threw the ball to the boy across the street" Certain terms and expressions within that sentence refer to particular things - namely, the name, "Sandra", and the definite descriptions, "the ball". and "the boy across the street". "Sandra threw the ball to the boy across the street " Each of the contexts occupied by those three expressions is extensional . What does that mean? The answer is that extensional contexts have two central features:
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