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Intentionalisme et phénoménologie de l'intentionnalité
Seron, Denis
2017In Etudes Phénoménologiques - Phenomenological Studies, 1, p. 45-63
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Keywords :
phénoménologie; intentionnalité; phenomenology; intentionality
Abstract :
[en] This paper presents an argument in favor of a “phenomenological” approach to intentionality. This approach, as I see it, involves the view that intentional facts are better expressed with the help of appearance words (“seems”, “appears”, “is similar to”, etc.). By contrast, what I call the “intentionalist approach” assumes that intentional facts are better expressed by intentional verbs. The argument is as follows. First, it is well-known that the use of intentional verbs to express typically intentional facts generates anomalies with respect to existential generalization, substitution of identicals, and the principle of excluded middle. Secondly, I argue that the use of appearance words does not generate the same anomalies, which suggests that appearance words are more appropriate to describe intentional facts. This, I conclude, is an argument for preferring the phenomenological to the intentionalist approach to intentionality.
Research center :
Phénoménologies - ULiège
Disciplines :
Philosophy & ethics
Author, co-author :
Seron, Denis  ;  Université de Liège > Département de philosophie > Phénoménologies
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Title :
Intentionalisme et phénoménologie de l'intentionnalité
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Journal title :
Etudes Phénoménologiques - Phenomenological Studies
Publisher :
Peeters, Leuven, Belgium
Special issue title :
La phénoménologie et les défis de la Philosophy of Mind / Phenomenology and the Challenges of the Philosophy of Mind
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Peer reviewed :
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