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Proceedings of the XXIII World Congress of Philosophy

Volume 27, 2018

Phenomenology

Andrea S. Pace Giannotta
Pages 33-41

Phenomenality and Intentionality
a Phenomenological Problem

The contemporary debate on phenomenal intentionality, in philosophy of mind, is focused on the discussion of the relationship between phenomenal consciousness and intentionality. The aim of this work is to show that this theme is a crucial issue also in Husserl’s phenomenology. After making a survey of some theoretical options that are at play within the so-called “phenomenal intentionality research program” (Kriegel), I will show how these issues take form within the phenomenological perspective. I will do that, in particular, thematizing the fundamental distinction between static and genetic level of the phenomenological inquiry. Furthermore, I will claim the need to maintain a clear distinction between phenomenal content and phenomenal character of experience. In conclusion, I will claim the importance of Husserl’s analysis of the temporal self-manifestation of subjectivity, in order to clarify the relationship between phenomenality and intentionality.

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