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Intentionality of Mental Events

"Intentionality is the mind's aboutness of ofness." (P 240a)

Thoughts are about something. My thoughts of my mother are about her; they "refer" to her; they are "of" her.

Physical things, such as grass, seem not to have this property. Grass is not about something else. It does not refer. Neither do my eyeballs.

Richard Lee,, last modified: 5 April 1999