The notions of noesis and noema need to be understood as part of Husserl’s account of
constitution (See the summary for Husserl:
Constitution.). The noetic resources function to
constitute the noema—the account of constitution is two-sided. Husserl also
uses the term “noesis” in a narrower sense, viz., for the interpreting
part among the constitutive resources, as opposed to the part that undergoes
interpretation. Thus, in Husserl’s account of the constitution of spatially
extended objects, the kinesthetic sensations, in their “animating” functioning
towards the visual sensations, can be regarded as the noesis. Disagreements over
the nature of the perceptual noema have sparked a notable debate. According to
the West Coast interpretation (Føllesdal, and Smith and McIntyre), the noema is an
abstract object, akin to Fregean sense.
According to the East Coast interpretation (Sokolowski and
Drummond), the noema is the object we perceive, as experienced by us.