The Nature of Intentionality

Course Level: 
Master’s
Doctoral
Campus: 
Vienna
Course Open to: 
Students on-site
Academic Year: 
2022-2023
Term: 
Winter
US Credits: 
4
ECTS Credits: 
8
Course Code: 
PHIL5829
Course Description: 

This course is about intentionality in the traditional philosophical sense of mental representation, or what Franz Brentano called ’the mind’s direction on its objects’. It is only tangentially about intentionality in the sense of the intention to act. The course will explain the origins of the idea of intentionality in Ancient and Scholastic philosophy, and the revival of the terminology of intentionality by Brentano in the 1870s. We will then cover 20th and 21st century discussions of intentionality, the various problems of intentionality, and the idea that intentionality is the ‘mark’ of the mental.