John Searle: The Dispositional Unconscious

  • David Livingstone Smith
Part of the Studies in Cognitive Systems book series (COGS, volume 23)


John Searle has devoted critical attention to the concept of unconscious mental phenomena as one strand of his well-known program directed against certain features of cognitive science. Searle is concerned to show that all unconscious intentional states are in principle accessible to consciousness, referring to this dictum as the ‘connection principle’. According to this view, unconscious states are only ‘mental’ by virtue of their causal powers to produce (truly mental) conscious states. They are, as it were, derivatively mental.


Intentional State Causal Power Conscious State Neural State Dispositional Account 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1999

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