eidos -- the Centre in Metaphysics of the University of Geneva
Intentionality - the Mark of the Mental
Metaphysical Perspectives on Contemporary Philosophy of Mind
Research project funded by the SNSF (CRSI11_127488), 1.10.2009 - 30.9.2013.
This "Sinergia" project
investigates intentionality, the central phenomenon studied in the
philosophy of mind, from a metaphysical perspective. The three
subprojects, each involving a postdoc and a PhD student and led by
senior investigators with a large experience in the field, focus on the
notion of content, analysing it from three different, alternative, but
complementary perspectives. The first subproject investigates the
perspectival character of contents, seeking to give a metaphysical
analysis of essentially tensed, located and egocentric contents in
terms of tensed, located and egocentric facts in the world. Subproject
B assesses the prospects of the thesis that the intentionality of the
mental is entirely accounted for in terms of conceptual content,
usually taken to be the hallmark of propositional thought.
Subproject C reconceives the intentionality of emotional episodes, in
terms of their formal objects and their valence, questioning the
analogy with perception. Together, the three projects thus illustrate
the three main approaches to content, trying to capture the relevant
phenomena in terms of their worldly, propositional or formal-objectual
correlates. To these three takes on content correspond three different
ways of individuating mental phenomena, in terms of their genesis,
their constitution and their adequacy conditions respectively.
More particularly, the research aims of the three subprojects are the following:
- subproject A, "Perspectival Thoughts and Facts": what is it
for a fact to be perspectival? defense and elaboration of an A-theory
of tensed, located and egocentric facts, criticism of
two-dimensional semantics, the dominant approach to perspectivality of
thought and language, development of a unified framework
accounting for perspectivality of content.
- subproject B, "Intentionality, Perspectivality, and the Conceptual":
a comprehensive and critical investigation into the notion of
phenomenal character, and a defense of the Quining of qualia, a study of and proposal for a first-order theory of an
intentional account of consciousness and examination of implications,
e.g. for naturalisation, a fully elaborated proposal to
extend conceptual content to all mental states.
- subproject C, "Emotions, Intentionality, and Perspectives":
a typology and assessment of the central theories on hedonic valence, an elaboration of two new approaches to valence: as an
hedonic mode of presentation or as an hedonic value,
confrontation of those two views in order to arrive at a fully
elaborated version of them.
A schedule of meetings is available here
principal investigator: Fabrice Correia, University of Neuchâtel.
- subproject A: Natalja Deng, University of Geneva, Alexander Skiles, University of Geneva.
- subproject B: Current: Graham Peebles, University of Fribourg. Past: Emiliano Boccardi, University of Fribourg.
- subproject C: Current: Clare Mac Cumhaill, University of Geneva. Past: Luca Angelone, University of Geneva.
- subproject A: Past: Marion Hämmerli, University of Geneva.
- subproject B: Coralie Dorsaz, University of Fribourg.
- subproject C: François Jaquet, University of Geneva.