Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 437–444 | Cite as

Phenomenal intentionality past and present: introductory

  • Uriah Kriegel

A growing amount of research on intentionality within Anglo-American philosophy of mind has been focusing on the notion of phenomenal intentionality. How to characterize phenomenal intentionality is not a straightforward matter, but one relatively neutral option is in terms of counterfactual dependence: an intentional state has phenomenal intentionality just in case if it were not phenomenal it would not be intentional.1 Research focusing on phenomenal intentionality has tended to be guided by two insights. The first is that phenomenal intentionality is distinctive: it has certain special features lacking in other kinds of intentionality. The second is that phenomenal intentionality is basic: it enjoys some sort of priority, whether metaphysical or epistemological, over other kinds of intentionality. Commitment to these two claims has been the mark of an emerging research program for understanding intentionality.2Different treatments of intentionality within the research program...


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  1. 1.Jean Nicod InstituteParisFrance

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