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Galen Strawson

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199267422

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267422.001.0001

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Real Intentionality 3: Why Intentionality Entails Consciousness

Real Intentionality 3: Why Intentionality Entails Consciousness

(p.281) 11 Real Intentionality 3: Why Intentionality Entails Consciousness
Real Materialism

Galen Strawson (Contributor Webpage)

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Intentionality is an essentially mental, essentially occurrent, and essentially experiential (conscious) phenomenon. Any attempt to characterize intentionality that detaches it from conscious experience faces two insuperable problems. First, it is obliged to concede that almost everything (if not everything) has intentionality — all the way down to subatomic particles. Second, it has the consequence that everything that has intentionality has far too much of it — perhaps an infinite amount. The key to a satisfactory and truly naturalistic theory of intentionality is (1) a realistic conception of naturalism and (2) a properly developed understanding of the phenomenon of ‘cognitive experience’.

Keywords:   phenomenology, intentionality, naturalism, materialism, dispositions, cognitive experience, meaning-experience

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