Phenomenal Intentionality

Phenomenal Intentionality

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Since the late 1970's, the main research program for understanding intentionality - the mind's ability to direct itself onto the world - has been based on the attempt naturalize intentionality, in the sense of making it intelligible how intentionality can occur in a perfectly natural, indeed entirely physical, world. Some philosophers, however, have remained skeptical of this entire approach. In particular, some have argued that phenomenal consciousness - the subjective feel of conscious experience - has an essential role to play in the theory of intentionality, a role missing in the naturalization program. Thus a number of authors have recently brought to the fore the notion of phenomenal intentionality, as well as a cluster of nearby notions. There is a vague sense that their work is interrelated, complementary, and mutually reinforcing, in a way that suggests a germinal research program. With twelve new essays by philosophers at the forefront of the field, this volume is designed to launch this research program in a more self-conscious way, by exploring some of the fundamental claims and themes of relevance to this program.show more

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  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 160 x 238 x 24mm | 479.99g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0199764298
  • 9780199764297
  • 914,896

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An interesting collection, and each of the chapters has something to offer. The book also illustrates how the phenomenological tradition is alive and well in contemporary analytic philosophy of mind. * Alex Byrne, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews *show more

About Uriah Kriegel

Uriah Kriegel is a research director at the Jean Nicod Institute in Paris, working mainly in philosophy of mind and metaphysics. His books include Subjective Consciousness: A Self-Representational Theory (Oxford, 2009) and The Sources of Intentionality (Oxford, 2011).show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1: The Phenomenal Intentionality Research Program ; Uriah Kriegel ; Chapter 2: The Access Problem ; Michelle Montague ; Chapter 3: Indexical Thought ; David Pitt ; Chapter 4: Phenomenal Presence ; Christopher Frey ; Chapter 5: Consciousness and Synthesis ; Colin McGinn ; Chapter 6: Constructing a World for the Senses ; Katalin Farkas ; Chapter 7: Phenomenal Objectivity and Phenomenal Intentionality: In Defense of a Kantian Account ; Farid Masrour ; Chapter 8: Phenomenal Intentionality and the Role of Intentional Objects ; Frederick Kroon ; Chapter 9: Unconscious Belief and Conscious Thought ; Tim Crane ; Chapter 10: Intellectual Gestalts ; Elijah Chudnoff ; Chapter 11: Does Phenomenology Ground Mental Content? ; Adam Pautz ; Chapter 12: Phenomenality and Self-Consciousness ; Charles Siewertshow more

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