Husserl and Haugeland on constitution

Synthese 137 (3):345-368 (2003)
Both Husserl and Haugeland develop an account of constitution to address the question of how our mental episodes can be about physical objects and thus, through the intentional relation, bridge the gap between the mental and the physical. The respective theories of the two philosophers of very different background show not only how mental episodes can have empirical content, but also how this content is shaped by past experiences or a holistic background of other mental episodes. In this article I first outline and then contrast their positions in order to show how the notion of constitution can be adopted to address major problems of contemporary philosophy of mind, especially the question of how the mind can be related to its physical environment
Keywords Constitution  Content  Episode  Metaphysics  Mind  Haugeland, J  Husserl
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DOI 10.1023/B:SYNT.0000004902.07390.18
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