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Intentionality/Intentions defined as; Doing, as Actions, as Plans, and as Belief.

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Is gratitude intentional?

Does gratitude always have an intentional object? I am often grateful for something, e.g. for a good meal or a sunset, but I think I know there's some debate about whether e.g. pain has an intentional ...
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Why is Schopenhauer's definition of intentionality not generally accepted by philosophers?

Schopenhauer already defined "intentionality". It's called Representation. He separates representation into subject and object and says that neither can exist without the other. No object ...
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Is it still Rickrolling of the "roller" doesn't realize it? [closed]

Most older folks have been Rickrolled at least once. I was even "rolled" in an SE comment once. A few days ago I found myself walking outdoors at night behind a backpack with an array of ...
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Is it even possible to desire something we believe is impossible?

Is it even possible to desire something we believe is impossible? What does that mean, to have something that cannot exist as an intentional object of desire? Nevertheless, people often talk about ...
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What kind of physical complexity is related to the axiom of regularity for sets?

Augenstein's exploration in Links between physics and set theory mentions Ulam relating complexity and regularity: There are several sources for appreciating Ulam’s ideas and interests. A collection ...
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Do computers use logic?

I know we refer to computers as using logic, logic gates and the like, but is this just us ascribing human capacities to the machines? It sounds like a case of us giving more meaning to the machines ...
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Can space be both Euclidean and non-Euclidean, "at the same time"?

It is often said (or implied) that Kant "dropped the ball" when he said that our knowledge of physical space as Euclidean is given to us a priori; but others come to his defense and say that ...
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Decisions, intentions and actions

I need help with a practical question about intention and action. I had a brownie. I decided to eat half a brownie now, and save half for later. Then, a few moments after making that decision, I found ...
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We-intentions and the kingdom-of-ends version of the categorical imperative

One of Allen Wood's most finely ground axes was his contention that, notwithstanding certain translations/interpretations of Kant's writings on categorical imperatives, the three primary formulations ...
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Intelligence as a prerequisite for consciousness/sentience?

Google engineer Blake Lemoine recently made headlines by claiming that he thought Google's LaMDA conversational AI was sentient, based on his interactions with it. (E.g.: https://www.wired.com/story/...
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Help with intentional instantiation in "The nature and plausibility of Cognitivism"

When the computer-based chess player is explained [1], the bottom level components of the chess playing heirarchy are intentionally instantiated by list processors. My question is this, doesn't ...
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What does Searle mean by "intentionality" and "causal processes"?

I am struggling to understand the meaning of some of the terminology John Searle uses in "Mind, brains, and programs." For example, right before "IV. The combination reply," he ...
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How again can 2 actions be morally different when they have exactly the same effect (if they can)?

(i have something to ask on meta stackexchange or maths meta stackexchange, but I want to ask a philosophy thing first. In fact, I may not even need to ask on meta stackexchange after this.) I could ...
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Is peripheral attention an example of the intentionality of consciousness?

Suppose I fix my gaze on an object, say a flower. Without moving my eyes, keeping them fixed on the flower, so with the same exact visual experience, I can "direct my attention" towards ...
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What is the core problem of intentionality?

In the philosophy of mind, I have read that "intentionality" is a difficult thing to explain in a naturalistic fashion. But I don't necessarily see the heart of the problem in the same way ...
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What are the "Acts" Discussed in Husserl's "Logical Investigations"?

I am reading Dan Zahavi's Husserl's Phenomenology with a specific focus on his treatment of Logical Investigations. He describes Logical Investigations as "providing a new foundation for pure ...
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Trying to reconstruct the reasoning leading to the intentionality of consciousness ( Husserl's phenomenology)

I would like to have feedbacks on the following way to reconstruct Husserl's reasong in Cartesian Meditations as to the relationship of consciousness to its objects, and more generally to the world. (...
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What is the difference between properties and sets?

Is there a difference between properties and sets? To me, it would seem that the property of being non-self-identical is the same thing as the empty set, and the property of being (identical to x OR ...
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Did Freud adopt an intentionalist ( or representationalist) theory of mind.? ( On Wakefield's reading of Freud's theory of mind)

In Freud and Philosophy Of Mind, Jerome Wakefield wants to show that Freud's philosophy of mind is best understood in its Cartesian-Brentanian context. According to Brentano, mental acts are ...
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Intentionality and teleology in scientific research

As far as I understand, phenomenology suggests that all concrete objects are investigated not as they stand (noumena) but as phenomena. This investigation depends on consciousness intentionality (...
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How does one perform phenomenological reduction?

I have done some preliminary reading on phenomenology and Husserl via basic sources. How is phenomenological reduction performed? I understand the steps involved but I don't understand how to ...
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Intention and Means-End Reasoning in Epistemology

In his paper, The logical foundations of means-end reasoning, John Pollock describes a notion of "means-end" reasoning, which is planning with a certain end goal in mind. Human plan-construction ...
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Meaning in use and naturalisation of intentionality

What is the relation between pragmatism and intentionality? Two different enterprises in philosophy seem to be well established and yet contradicting: Inferential Pragmatism: from Wittgenstein and ...
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Any contemporary supporter Hartmann's vitalizm?

Eduard von Hartmann's view of vitalizm follows a little twist of Schelling’s combination of vitalizm and mechanism. I like his approach for vitalizm view of evolution theory, and it's interesting to ...
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Philosophy and the question 'When is a robot considered alive and thinking?'

I originally posted this question in Robotics Stack Exchange, but it was deemed off-topic there and it was recommended I post here: I was watching a youtube video of a robot: https://www.youtube.com/...
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Intentional Inexistence?

Intentionality is known as the directedness or 'aboutness' of our perceiving, believing, desiring, etc. Yet, there is something peculiar that the object of intentional attitudes need not be real. ...
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Is belief an intentional act?

In what respect are we to understand the proposition, "I choose to believe x", and is there a significant difference between the proposition, "I choose to believe x" and "I choose to drive to San ...
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Can there be intention without an intender?

Many refutations of Descartes cogito go along the line of: All Descartes really proved is that thinking is happening, but there can be thinking without there being a thinker to do the thinking. Just ...
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How does self-deception differ from psychology's concept of "motivated reasoning"?

I'm still relatively new to philosophy of mind, so I'm hoping this isn't too obvious of a question. I realize from what I've read on the topic so far that the definition of self-deception (and whether ...
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Can there be intentionality without consciousness?

Searle distinguishes between intrinsic intentionality of the mind... vs 'as-if' intentionality of physical objects like a computer, book, picture etc... that depend on conscious minds to exhibit ...
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In what ways is Merleau-Ponty following (late/unpublished) Husserl?

... or, to put it differently: to what extent has Husserl already ancitipated in his unpublished writings what Merleau-Ponty has been developing later? The standard narrative goes that Husserl ...
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What's the difference between intentionality and meaning?

Intentionality is for something to be about something. But this definition could also suffice for meaning: something can have meaning if it is about something. What is the major distinction between ...
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Intentionality and emergentism in Marxist theories?

This question came to mind when reading about Adorno and Horkheimer's Culture Industry, but it might apply to any Marxist theory where the bourgeoisie/capitalist class performs some action to defend ...
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Name for the "cut" between an agent and its environment

This question broadly regards the Denettian "intentional stance" to agency, which says that on the most fundamental level there are only physical things in the world, but nevertheless for certain ...
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How does Putnam's twin earth thought experiment disprove functionalism?

In the twin Earth thought experiment Putnam determines that meanings are not in the head. Later interpretations, by himself and by others, take it to falsify functionalism. It seems to me that the ...
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Does the person in this example intentionally hit the bottle?

I was reading some literature (Palinuro de México) and found an interesting example. One of the characters shoots empty bottles for fun and he is 100% accurate (he says: "I'll hit this bottle", and ...
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Is autonomy or deduction the more primary component of intelligence?

I find myself again facing a gap in definitions with a given range of philosophical schools. So at the risk of "pushing agenda" or "simply requesting opinion" I would like to ask for other ways of ...
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What are the necessary and sufficient constraints on the world-to-mind direction of fit?

A glossary that John MacFarlane keeps defines direction of fit like so: direction of fit: The direction of the “match” between the world and an intentional state or speech act that is required for ...
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Are actions amoral?

Can action have a moral attached to it or is it the intentions behind the action that has moral? Or is this question meaningless because action cannot exist without intention, therefore the action ...
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What would prevent me from putting brains in vats?

Following Putnam, I cannot possibly be a brain in a vat, because (if my understanding is correct) I can only refer to "vats" that are not the ones in which I suggest my brain could be. But what ...
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What arguments have there been on the relative merits of praxeology vs rationality?

Suppose you know what someone's goals are, and how much they value each of their goals. Then if you observe their behavior in a given situation, how can you understand why they acted the way they did?...
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How philosophy defines "intention"?

I'd like to know all of the definitions of intention in philosophy. Where can I find them? I've found just this article which I couldn't understand much of it. P.S. Cause I'm a computer science ...
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Does Husserl distinguish `sensuous contents' from 'sensuous mental processes' in §85 of Ideas I?

In §85 of Ideas I, Husserl classifies all mental processes into intentional and non-intentional mental processes. The class of non-intentional mental processes contains all sensuous mental processes. ...
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Fundamental differences between humans and other animals? [closed]

From a scientific (not religious) standpoint, what are (if any) the fundamental differences between humans and other animals? EDIT In my opinion, there is no fundamental difference between humans ...
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Intentionality: Object directed vs. 'As if in the presence of an object'

A philosophical project of mine depends on an assertion which at first seems problematic, but one that I believe is correct. Background Following Husserl, modern philosophy is in accord that the ...
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