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References and further reading

  • Anscombe, G.E.M. and Geach, P.T. (1961) Three Philosophers, Oxford: Blackwell.

    (The chapter on Aquinas gives a very clear and nontechnical account of his views on intentionality.)

  • Bell, D. (1990) Husserl, London: Routledge

    (Clear and critical account of Husserl’s philosophy. Chapter 1 is about Brentano.)

  • Brentano, F. (1874) Psychology from an Empirical Standpoint, trans. A.C. Rancurello, D.B. Terrell and L.L. McAlister, London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1973.

    (The classic work that revived the concept of intentionality when it was first published in 1874. Difficult reading.)

  • Chisholm, R.M. (1957) Perceiving: A Philosophical Study, Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

    (Chapter 11 contains the argument for the irreducibility of intentionality described in §1.)

  • Dretske, F.I. (1980) ‘The Intentionality of Cognitive States’, in P.A. French (eds) Midwest Studies in Philosophy V, Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.

    (Useful and accessible summary of Dretske’s reductive theory of content.)

  • Dreyfus, H.L. with Hall, H. (1984) Husserl, Intentionality and Cognitive Science, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

    (Wide-ranging collection of essays on Husserl’s ideas on intentionality and their relation to cognitive science.)

  • Fodor, J.A. (1987) Psychosemantics: The Problem of Meaning in the Philosophy of Mind, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

    (Influential account of intentionality from a physicalist perspective. Chapter 4 contains Fodor’s theory. Original but not excessively technical.)

  • Haugeland, J. (1990) ‘The Intentionality All-Stars’, in J. Tomberlin (ed.) Philosophical Perspectives 4: Action Theory and the Philosophy of Mind, Atascadero, CA: Ridgeview.

    (Clear and readable survey of research in intentionality in the analytic tradition.)

  • Kenny, A. (1984) ‘Aquinas: Intentionality’, in T. Honderich (ed.) Philosophy Through Its Past, Harmondsworth: Penguin.

    (A straightforward discussion of Aquinas’ theory of intentionality and an attempt to relate it to Wittgenstein’s views.)

  • Knudsen, C. (1982) ‘Intentions and impositions’, in N. Kretzmann, A. Kenny and J. Pinborg (eds) The Cambridge History of Later Medieval Philosophy, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Survey of the idea of an intentio as employed by the leading medieval philosophers.)

  • Quine, W.V.O. (1960) Word and Object, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

    (Chapter 6 contains Quine’s influential discussion of intentionality and intensionality discussed in §2. A classic, but a difficult work for the beginner.)

  • Salmon, N. and Soames, S. (1988) Propositions and Attitudes, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

    (Useful collection of essays, many of them classics, on the notions of proposition and intentional content. Some technical logical material.)

  • Scruton, Roger (1970–1) ‘Intensional and Intentional Objects’, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 92, 187–207.

    (Clear and thorough discussion of the notion of an intentional object.)

  • Searle, J.R. (1983) Intentionality, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    (A complete theory of intentionality, with material relating to the issues discussed in §§2–3. Chapter 1 is a good introduction.)

  • Sorabji, R. (1991) ‘From Aristotle to Brentano: The Development of the Concept of Intentionality’, in H. Blumenthal and H. Robinson (eds) Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, supplementary vol. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

    (Informative discussion of how the concept of intentionality developed, particularly in later Greek philosophy, also with reference to Islamic and scholastic writers.)

  • Spiegelberg, Herbert (1976) ‘"Intention" and "Intentionality" in the Scholastics, Brentano and Husserl’, trans. L. McAlister, in L. McAlister (ed.) The Philosophy of Brentano London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1976, ch. 9.

    (A standard source for the origins of the different uses of these terms.)

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Crane, Tim. Bibliography. Intentionality, 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-V019-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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