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”

Authors

    • Department of Computer Science and EngineeringUniversity at Buffalo, The State University of New York
    • Department of PhilosophyUniversity at Buffalo, The State University of New York
    • Department of LinguisticsUniversity at Buffalo, The State University of New York
    • Center for Cognitive ScienceUniversity at Buffalo, The State University of New York
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11023-010-9213-z

Cite this article as:
Rapaport, W.J. Minds & Machines (2011) 21: 3. doi:10.1007/s11023-010-9213-z

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

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