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Intention/Intentionality
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I. Philosophy – II. Ethics

I. Philosophy

In the context of action theory, intention/intentionality (from Lat. intentio) usually denotes an aim or purpose. Intentionality is understood both in the sense of the will that initiates actions and in the sense of the motive or motivation that guides both volition and action.

In other philosophical contexts, the prevailing understanding of intentionality goes back to the turn of the 20th century in the work of E. Husserl, who drew in turn on his teacher F. Brentano. In his ma…

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Gander, Hans-Helmuth and Herms, Eilert, “Intention/Intentionality”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 07 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_10479>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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