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Consciousness and Intentionality

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[Revised entry by Charles Siewert on April 4, 2022.
Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, arguments-intentionalism.html, consciousness-self.html, phenomenology-intentionalism.html]
To say you are in a state that is (phenomenally) conscious is to say – on a certain understanding of these terms – that you have an experience, or a state there is something it’s like for you to be in. Feeling pain or dizziness, appearances of color or shape, and episodic thought are some widely accepted examples. Intentionality, on the other hand, has to do with the directedness, aboutness, or reference of mental states – the fact that, for example, you think of or about…

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