Minds and Machines

, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 3–17 | Cite as

Yes, She Was!

Reply to Ford’s “Helen Keller Was Never in a Chinese Room”
  • William J. RapaportEmail author


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.


Chinese room argument Syntactic semantics Searle 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computer Science and EngineeringUniversity at Buffalo, The State University of New YorkBuffaloUSA
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyUniversity at Buffalo, The State University of New YorkBuffaloUSA
  3. 3.Department of LinguisticsUniversity at Buffalo, The State University of New YorkBuffaloUSA
  4. 4.Center for Cognitive ScienceUniversity at Buffalo, The State University of New YorkBuffaloUSA

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