Brentano and the Theory of Signs

Paradigmi 2 (2012)
Carlo Ierna
Radboud University Nijmegen
In this article the author will discuss Franz Brentano’s theory of intentionality and the ontological status of the intentional object specifically with respect to symbolic presentations. The role and function of intentionality are compared to the process of semeiosis. Several interesting parallels can be found between fundamental problems in the interpretation of the Brentanian notion of intentionality and issues in semiotics. In particular, the author focuses on the theory of Charles W. Morris and attempts to apply core notions of his semiotics to clarify Brentano’s ambiguous account of intentional reference, the role of signs in symbolic presentations and how this relates to outer perception.
Keywords Franz Brentano  Intentionality  Intentional object  Semiotics  Theory of Signs
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