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Past and Future


Edited by Gábor Forrai and George Kampis

This book contains eleven original papers about intentionality. Some explore current problems such as the status of intentional content, the intentionality of perception and emotion, the connections between intentionality and normativity, the relationship between intentionality and consciousness, the characteristics of the intentional idiom. Others discuss the work of historical figures like Locke, Brentano, Husserl and Frege.

Laurent Cesalli

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2007 DOI: 10.1163/156853407X217777 Vivarium 45 (2007) 283-297 v i v a r i u m Intentionality and Truth-Making: Augustine’s Influence on Burley and Wyclif ’s Propositional Semantics 1 Laurent Cesalli Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg i

Uffe Schjødt

argue that the body and its sensory- motor modalities are not only the mind’s representational base, but also encompass the intentionality behind human behaviour in general and religious behaviour in particular. I will call this intentionality homeostatic intentionality, as it has to do with the self

Intentional Horizons

The Mind from an Epistemic Point of View


Magdalena Balcerak Jackson

The book is a defense of intentionalism. According to intentionalism the phenomenal character of all mental states - such as thoughts, perceptions, emotions or bodily sensations - is determined by their intentional properties, that is by their meaning. Many philosophers of mind are attracted to intentionalism because they assume that an intentional description of mental phenomena contributes to a reduction of mental properties to physical properties. This book adopts a different point of view: We can see intentionality more fruitfully as the basis for a theory that explains how various different mental states are epistemically significant for us. Once we adopt an epistemological perspective on the mind, we can formulate an intentionalist theory that not only has more explanatory force, but is also more phenomenologically adequate than accounts available so far. The book has two parts: The first half is primarily a methodological analysis of how we should and should not study intentionality and discuss intentionalism. The second half begins the positive work of developing a successful intentionalist theory based on an enriched epistemic two-dimensional semantics for mental states.

Karsten Stueber

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI: 10.1163/187226309X461542 Intentionalism, Intentional Realism, and Empathy Karsten R. Stueber College of the Holy Cross, USA Abstract Contemporary philosophers of history and interpretation theorists very often deny the thesis of

Unconsidered Intentional Actions

An Assessment of Scaife and Webber’s ‘Consideration Hypothesis’

Florian Cova

enough, the environment was harmed . In this case, when asked whether the chairman intentionally harmed the environment, 82% of participants gave a positive answer. Now, Knobe gave another group a case very similar to this one, except that occurrences of the verb harm were replaced by the

Intentionality, Desire, Responsibility

A Study in Phenomenology, Psychoanalysis and Law


A.W.M. Mooij

Recently, the predominance of natural sciences seems to have cast doubt on the legitimacy of the human sciences. Adopting a phenomenological and hermeneutical point of view, this book is intended to contribute towards a justification of the human sciences, taking account of quintessentially human characteristics. The basic assumption is that man interprets his own experience and the world around him, yielding to the limitations imposed by language. Central themes are intentionality and causality, desire and lack, responsibility and loss of responsibility. Relevant domains are psychopathology and psychoanalysis-following Lacan's interpretation - and law. The rich phenomenological traditions in these domains will be drawn from throughout this book.

Vivienne Brown

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2007 DOI: 10.1163/187226307X176767 Journal of the Philosophy of History 1 (2007) 25–62 Historical Interpretation, Intentionalism and Philosophy of Mind * Vivienne Brown Faculty of Social Sciences, Th e Open University, Milton Keynes, UK v

Peter D. Ashworth

externality , independent of human consciousness. Michel Henry (1973/1963) in stark contrast argues that the exclusive focus on intentionality commits the phenomenologist to an external reference, and leads to an inability to envisage internality . These apparently contrary lines of critique of classical

Robin Scaife and Jonathan Webber

Recent empirical research into the folk classification of the outcomes of actions as intentional is usually taken to show that such classification has an irreducibly normative dimension. Various interpretations of the experimental data have in common the claim that whether the side-effect of an