Finality revived: powers and intentionality

@article{Oderberg2016FinalityRP,
  title={Finality revived: powers and intentionality},
  author={David S. Oderberg},
  journal={Synthese},
  year={2016},
  volume={194},
  pages={2387-2425}
}
Proponents of physical intentionality argue that the classic hallmarks of intentionality highlighted by Brentano are also found in purely physical powers. Critics worry that this idea is metaphysically obscure at best, and at worst leads to panpsychism or animism. I examine the debate in detail, finding both confusion and illumination in the physical intentionalist thesis. Analysing a number of the canonical features of intentionality, I show that they all point to one overarching phenomenon of… CONTINUE READING
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