Single Idea 19264

[catalogued under 18. Thought / C. Content / 1. Content]

Full Idea

A representation cannot accidentally be about an object. Aboutness is in general an intentional relation.

Gist of Idea

Aboutness is always intended, and cannot be accidental


Anand Vaidya (Understanding and Essence [2010], 'Objections')

Book Reference

-: 'Philosophia' [-], p.326

A Reaction

'Intentional' with a 't', not with an 's'. This strikes me as important. Critics dislike the idea of 'representation' because if you passively place a representation and its subject together, what makes the image do the representing job? Answer: I do!