ISBN : 9780199764297
Since the late 1970's, the main research program for understanding intentionality - the mind's ability to direct itself onto the world - has been based on the attempt naturalize intentionality, in the sense of making it intelligible how intentionality can occur in a perfectly natural, indeed entirely physical, world. Some philosophers, however, have remained skeptical of this entire approach. In particular, some have argued that phenomenal consciousness - the subjective feel of conscious experience - has an essential role to play in the theory of intentionality, a role missing in the naturalization program. Thus a number of authors have recently brought to the fore the notion of phenomenal intentionality, as well as a cluster of nearby notions. There is a vague sense that their work is interrelated, complementary, and mutually reinforcing, in a way that suggests a germinal research program. With twelve new essays by philosophers at the forefront of the field, this volume is designed to launch this research program in a more self-conscious way, by exploring some of the fundamental claims and themes of relevance to this program.
Chapter 1: The Phenomenal Intentionality Research Program
Chapter 2: The Access Problem
Chapter 3: Indexical Thought
Chapter 4: Phenomenal Presence
Chapter 5: Consciousness and Synthesis
Chapter 6: Constructing a World for the Senses
Chapter 7: Phenomenal Objectivity and Phenomenal Intentionality: In Defense of a Kantian Account
Chapter 8: Phenomenal Intentionality and the Role of Intentional Objects
Chapter 9: Unconscious Belief and Conscious Thought
Chapter 10: Intellectual Gestalts
Chapter 11: Does Phenomenology Ground Mental Content?
Chapter 12: Phenomenality and Self-Consciousness