The Intellect

Anthony Kenny

in The Metaphysics of Mind

Published in print September 1992 | ISBN: 9780192830708
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670527 | DOI:
The Intellect

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The intellect is often defined as the capacity for thought. Thought has a property which philosophers have called ‘intentionality’. Intentionality is the relationship which thought has to that which the thought is about. Philosophers have tried to bring out the special nature of this relationship in several ways, by considering the semantic properties of verbs and constructions used to report thoughts. Instead of seeking a formal definition of intentionality, this chapter tries to illustrate the feature in connection with different mental states and activities.

Keywords: intellect; thought; semantic properties; intentionality

Chapter.  6855 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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