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Saturday, December 12, 2020


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Hi Dr. Vallicella,

Just one quick note on your informative article here. You say here that "The issue is whether Franz Brentano was right to maintain that intentionality is the mark of the mental, and that therefore every mental state is object-directed." I'm a little confused. I understand "intentionality is the mark of the mental" as meaning " intentionality entails mentality," so from that it wouldn't follow that mentality entails intentionality as you allude to. So it doesn't seem like you're actually disagreeing with Brentano here, unless my interpretation of his slogan is wrong.


"Intentionality is the mark of the mental" means that every mental state is an intentional state, and vice versa. In terms of entailment, it means that being a mental state entails being an intentional state, and being an intentional state entails being a mental state.

Thank you for the clarification!

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