Intentionality as a Conceptually Primitive Relation

Acta Analytica 26 (1):15-35 (2011)
If conceptual analysis is possible for finite thinkers, then there must ultimately be a distinction between complex and primitive or irreducible and unanalyzable concepts, by which complex concepts are analyzed as relations among primitive concepts. This investigation considers the advantages of categorizing intentionality as a primitive rather than analyzable concept, in both a historical Brentanian context and in terms of contemporary philosophy of mind. Arguments in support of intentionality as a primitive relation are evaluated relative to objections, especially a recent criticism by Jerry A. Fodor. Against this background, the relation between qualia and intentionality in the understanding of consciousness is explored
Keywords Brentano, Franz  Conceptual analysis  Fodor, Jerry A.  Intentionality  Logic  Semantics
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DOI 10.1007/s12136-010-0117-6
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