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Brentano's Mind

Mark Textor


Brentano is one of the ‘grandfathers’ of philosophy of mind. His work influenced analytic philosophers like Russell and Chisholm as well as phenomenologists like Husserl and Sartre and continues to shape debates in the philosophy of mind. Brentano made intentionality a central topic in the philosophy of mind by proposing that ‘directedness’ is the mark of the mental. The book’s first part investigates Brentano’s intentionalism and attempts to improve or develop it. I argue that there is no plausible version of this doctrine and reject it in favour of a mark of the mental proposed by Brentano’s ... More

Keywords: Brentano, intentionality, consciousness, unity of consciousness, pleasure, pain

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199685479
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199685479.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Textor, author
Professor of Philosophy, King's College London