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Conferences & lectures

Angela Mendelovici | Phenomenal Intentionality and the Content of Thought | Philosophy Speaker Series

Date and time
Date & time

January 24, 2020
3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Where
Where

Room 646
J.W. McConnell Building
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Sir George Williams Campus

Cost
Cost

This event is free. All are welcome.

Wheelchair accessible
Wheelchair accessible

Yes

Speaker(s)
Speaker(s)

Angela Mendelovici, Western University

Contact
Contact

514-848-2424 ext. 2500

Angela Mendelovici

This talk presents and defends the phenomenal intentionality theory (PIT), according to which all intentionality—roughly, the "aboutness" or "directedness" of mental states and other items—is ultimately a matter of phenomenal consciousness. PIT might be thought to face challenges in accounting for the contents of thought, which might include contents that have no associated phenomenal character. This talk proposes a PIT-friendly picture of thought on which thoughts have two layers of contents: a layer of "immediate" contents and one of "derived" contents. While this view is especially congenial to PIT, much of it can be reconciled with alternative views of intentionality. The talk closes by considering how PIT might deal with the case of unconscious thoughts.

Dr. Angela Mendelovici is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Western University. She works in philosophy of mind, specifically intentionality, consciousness, and the relationship between the two. She is the author of The Phenomenal Basis of Intentionality, published by Oxford University Press in 2018.

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