Brentano on Consciousness

In U. Kriegel (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Franz Brentano and the Brentano School. London and New York: Routledge. pp. 49-60 (2017)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

Consider a perceptual activity such as seeing a colour, hearing a tone, tasting a flavour. How are these activities related to one’s awareness of them? I will use Brentano’s struggle with this question to guide the reader through the development of his view on consciousness. My starting point will be Brentano’s book Die Psychologie des Aristoteles (Brentano 1867), in which he developed an inner sense view of consciousness (§§1-2). Brentano’s early view is underexplored in the literature, but crucial for understanding the development of his thought on the matter. In his major work Psychologie vom Empirischen Standpunkt (1874) he rejected the existence of an inner sense: the exercises of our five senses yield awareness of the world (or at least of intentional objects) as well as awareness of these perceptions. This same-level view of consciousness has been explored and developed by contemporary philosophers of mind. I will discuss the arguments that moved Brentano to change his mind, outline the view and, finally, respond to Husserl’s influential criticism of Brentano’s view (§§3-5).

Links

PhilArchive

External links

  • This entry has no external links. Add one.
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Brentano on Inner Consciousness.Mark Textor - 2006 - Dialectica 60 (4):411-432.
The Philosophy of Brentano.Linda L. McAlister (ed.) - 1976 - Humanities Press.
Brentano’s Evaluative-Attitudinal Account of Will and Emotion.Uriah Kriegel - 2017 - Revue Philosophique de la France Et de l'Etranger 142 (4):529-548.
Ist das Erleben Teil des Erlebten?Andrea Borsato - 2009 - Phänomenologische Forschungen (2009):37-59.
Brentanian Unity of Consciousness.Susan Krantz - 1992 - Brentano Studien 4:89-100.
Brentano on the Dual Relation of the Mental.Mark Textor - 2013 - Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 12 (3):465-483.
Franz Brentano on the Ontology of Mind.Kevin Mulligan & Barry Smith - 1985 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 45 (4):627-644.
Brentano's Theory of Consciousness.Ben Mijuskovic - 1978 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 38 (March):315-324.
Husserl and Brentano on Intentionality.James C. Morrison - 1970 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 31 (1):27-46.
After Brentano: A One-Level Theory of Consciousness.Amie L. Thomasson - 2000 - European Journal of Philosophy 8 (2):190-210.
Brentano: Immanent Realism and the Structure of Intentional Reference.Oana Gherman - 2009 - Linguistic and Philosophical Investigations 8:188-192.

Analytics

Added to PP
2016-04-11

Downloads
1,554 (#3,557)

6 months
396 (#817)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Mark Textor
King's College London

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references