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7AAN2037 Intentionality & Perception in Phenomenology & Ancient Philosophy

THIS MODULE IS NOT RUNNING IN 2013-14, 2014-16, 2015-16 OR 2016-17

Credit value: 20
Module tutors: Professor Mark Textor and Professor MM McCabe

  • Formative assessment: one x 2,000–3,000-word essay, due by end of semester or as otherwise instructed
  • Summative assessment: one x 4,000-word essay,

Teaching pattern: one weekly one-hour lecture and one weekly one-hour seminar

2012-13 details

Semester: Semester two (Spring)
Time: Thursdays, 16:00–18:00
Room: TBA

Module syllabus for 2012-13

Deadline for summative assessment: Tuesday 07 May 2013

Intentionality has been a fundamental topic in Phenomenology. More recently, the topic has found its way (back) into analytic philosophy. Studies of intentionality were first inspired by Brentano's book, Psychology from an Empirical Standpoint (1874, 1914). Brentano's book is a commentary on Aristotle's De anima, written from the perspective of 19th century philosophy and psychology. Aristotle's work is the foundation of a theory of intentionality. This module will introduce students to philosophical theories of intentionality and perception through discussions of Aristotle's De anima and Brentano's Psychology from an Empirical Standpoint. We will mainly focus on the core texts, but if there is time and opportunity we will also look at authors such as Husserl or Sartre who have developed this tradition further.

Learning outcomes

Students completing this module should gain:

  • Familiarity with the key texts in the study of intentionality, both ancient and modern
  • The ability to read and assess difficult historical texts, as well as secondary literature
  • Awareness and understanding of the core concepts and theories of intentionality
  • The ability to discuss, assess and critically investigate these theories. The ability to develop original views and ideas about the topic


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