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Single Idea 3364

[catalogued under 15. Nature of Minds / B. Features of Minds / 4. Intentionality / a. Nature of intentionality]

Full Idea

Every mental phenomenon contains something as object within itself.

Gist of Idea

All mental phenomena contain an object


Franz Brentano (Psychology from an empirical standpoint [1874], p. 88), quoted by Jaegwon Kim - Philosophy of Mind p.21

Book Reference

Kim,Jaegwon: 'Philosophy of Mind' [Westview 1998], p.21

A Reaction

This gives rise to the slogan that 'intentionality is the mark of the mental', which notoriously seems to miss out the phenomenal aspect of mental life. We note now, though, that even emotions have objects.