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Minds and Machines

, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 3-17

Yes, She Was!

Reply to Ford’s “Helen Keller Was Never in a Chinese Room”
  • William J. RapaportAffiliated withDepartment of Computer Science and Engineering, University at Buffalo, The State University of New YorkDepartment of Philosophy, University at Buffalo, The State University of New YorkDepartment of Linguistics, University at Buffalo, The State University of New YorkCenter for Cognitive Science, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York Email author 

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Abstract

Ford’s “Helen Keller Was Never in a Chinese Room” claims that my argument in “How Helen Keller Used Syntactic Semantics to Escape from a Chinese Room” fails because Searle and I use the terms ‘syntax’ and ‘semantics’ differently, hence are at cross purposes. Ford has misunderstood me; this reply clarifies my theory.

Keywords

Chinese room argument Syntactic semantics Searle