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Questions tagged [intentionality]

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

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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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Is gaslighting always wrong? [closed]

Gaslighting defined as Gaslighting is a form of manipulation that seeks to sow seeds of doubt in a targeted individual or in members of a targeted group, hoping to make them question their own ...
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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 ...