Quotation by Daniel Clement Dennett

To a first approximation, the intentional strategy consists of treating the object whose behavior you want to predict as a rational agent with beliefs and desires and other mental states exhibiting what Brentano and others call intentionality.
Daniel Clement Dennett (b. 1942), U.S. professor of philosophy (Tufts University). The Intentional Stance, p. 15, The MIT Press (1987), "True Believers."
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