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Study of Mental Acts

By (author) Richard E. Aquila
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press, Pennsylvania, United States
Published: 7th Jan 1991
Dimensions: w 150mm h 230mm d 13mm
Weight: 29g
ISBN-10: 0271012285
ISBN-13: 9780271012285
Barcode No: 9780271012285
This book is a critical and analytical survey of the major attempts, in modern philosophy, to deal with the phenomenon of intentionality those of Descartes, Brentano, Meinong, Husserl, Frege, Russell, Bergmann, Chisholm, and Sellars. By coordinating the semantical approaches to the phenomenon, Dr. Aquila undertakes to provide a basis for dialogue among philosophers of different persuasions. "Intentionality" has become, since Franz Brentano revived its original medieval use, the standard term describing the mind's apparently paradoxical capacity to relate itself to objects existing in the world. One approach to the phenomenon emphasizes the mental act. The author argues that the most adequate account involves elements of both approaches. Contemporary treatments tend to formulate problems of intentionality primarily in terms of logic and semantics rather than those of metaphysics and phenomenology. Dr. Aquila's effort to coordinate these approaches will make his book useful to students both of analytical philosophy of mind and also of phenomenology."

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