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Intentionality as the Mark of the Mental - Metaphysical Perspectives on Contemporary Philosophy of Mind

Applicant Correia Fabrice
Number 127488
Funding scheme Sinergia
Research institution Département de Philosophie Faculté des Lettres Université de Genève
Institution of higher education University of Geneva - GE
Main discipline Philosophy
Start/End 01.10.2009 - 30.09.2013
Approved amount 1'350'353.00
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Keywords (8)

Intentionality; Philosophy of mind; Metaphysics; Content; Perspective; Facts; Propositions; Formal objects

Lay Summary (English)

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Lay summary
The present 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. The third subproject 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.
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Employees

Publications

Publication
Acceptance, Acknowledgment, Affirmation, Agreement, Assertion, Belief, Certainty, Conviction, Denial, Judgment, Refusal & Rejection
Mulligan K (2013), Acceptance, Acknowledgment, Affirmation, Agreement, Assertion, Belief, Certainty, Conviction, Denial, Judgment, Refusal & Rejection, in Textor M (ed.), Palgrave/Macmillan, London, 97.
Are Colors Real?
Boccardi E (2013), Are Colors Real?, in Kairos, Journal of Philosophy & Science, 111.
Around the Tree. Semantic and Metaphysical Issues Concerning Branching and the Open Future
Correia F & Iacona A (ed.) (2013), Around the Tree. Semantic and Metaphysical Issues Concerning Branching and the Open Future, Springer, Dordrecht.
Egos and Selves – from Husserl to Nagel
Baldwin B T (Mulligan K) (2013), Egos and Selves – from Husserl to Nagel, in C. Svennerlind J. Almäng R. Ingthorsson (ed.), 53.
Fine’s McTaggart, Temporal Passage, and the A versus B-debate’
Deng N (2013), Fine’s McTaggart, Temporal Passage, and the A versus B-debate’, in Ratio, 19.
Genuine Becoming and the Barcan Formula
Boccardi E (2013), Genuine Becoming and the Barcan Formula, in Kairos, Journal of Philosophy & Science, 113.
Immaginazione, default thinking e incorporamento
Gerrans Ph Mulligan K (2013), Immaginazione, default thinking e incorporamento, in D. Tagliafico (ed.), 1.
Les animaux ont-ils des émotions ?
Deonna J (2013), Les animaux ont-ils des émotions ?, in Hügli Anton Horn Anita & al. (ed.), Schwabe, Basel, 1.
Metaphysical Grounds and Essence
Correia F (2013), Metaphysical Grounds and Essence, in M. Hoeltje B. Schnieder and A. Steinberg (ed.), Philosophia, Munich, 271.
On explaining why time seems to pass
Deng N (2013), On explaining why time seems to pass, in Southern Journal of Philosophy , 367.
Our experience of passage on the B-theory
Deng N (2013), Our experience of passage on the B-theory, in Erkenntnis, 713.
Presentism and Non-Proxy Reductions of Eternalist Discourse
Correia F (2013), Presentism and Non-Proxy Reductions of Eternalist Discourse, in Correia F & Iacona A (ed.), Springer, Dordrecht, 143.
Conséquentialisme, Déontologisme et Ethique des Vertus
Jaquet F & Cova F (2012), Conséquentialisme, Déontologisme et Ethique des Vertus, in Journet N (ed.), Sciences Humaines Editions, Auxerre, 73.
Definitions Come in Many Kinds: Reply to Comments
Mulligan K. & Scherer K. R. (2012), Definitions Come in Many Kinds: Reply to Comments, in Emotion Review, 389.
Direct Realism and Immediate Justification
Soldati G. (2012), Direct Realism and Immediate Justification, in Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, 29.
Dispositions and processes in the emotion ontology
Hastings J. Ceusters W. Smith B.& Mulligan K. (2012), Dispositions and processes in the emotion ontology, in Proceedings of ICBO 2012.
Eternal Facts in an Ageing Universe
Correia F. & Rosenkranz S. (2012), Eternal Facts in an Ageing Universe, in Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 307.
From Justified Emotions to Justified Evaluative Judgements
Deonna J. & Teroni F. (2012), From Justified Emotions to Justified Evaluative Judgements, in Dialogue, 55.
Grounding: An Opinionated Introduction
Correia F. & Schnieder B. (2012), Grounding: An Opinionated Introduction, in Correia F. & Schnieder B. (ed.), Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (UK), 1.
La mente. Ovvero della natura dei soggetti
Angelone L. & Tagliafico D. (2012), La mente. Ovvero della natura dei soggetti, in Andina T. (ed.), 187.
Metaphysical Grounding: Understanding the Structure of Reality
Correia F. & Schnieder B. (ed.) (2012), Metaphysical Grounding: Understanding the Structure of Reality, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (UK).
Qu'est-ce que l'utilitarisme
Jaquet F & Cova F (2012), Qu'est-ce que l'utilitarisme, in Journet N (ed.), Sciences Humaines Editions, Auxerre, 76.
Questions about ‘Internal and External Questions about God’
Deng N (2012), Questions about ‘Internal and External Questions about God’, in Religious Studies , 257.
The Emotions: A Philosophical Introduction
Deonna J. & Teroni F. (2012), The Emotions: A Philosophical Introduction, Routledge, New York.
The Universe as an Ongoing Enterprise. Commentary on The Metaphysics Within Physics by Tim Maudlin
Boccardi E. (2012), The Universe as an Ongoing Enterprise. Commentary on The Metaphysics Within Physics by Tim Maudlin, in Humana.Mente, Journal of Philosophical Studies, 173.
Toward a Working Definition of Emotion
Mulligan K. & Scherer K. (2012), Toward a Working Definition of Emotion, in Emotion Review, 345.
Wanting what we don’t want to want: Representing addiction in interoperable bio-ontologies
Hastings J. Novère N. le Ceusters W. Mulligan K. Smith B. (2012), Wanting what we don’t want to want: Representing addiction in interoperable bio-ontologies, in Proceedings of ICBO 2012.
Wittgenstein et la philosophie austro-allemande
Mulligan K (2012), Wittgenstein et la philosophie austro-allemande, Vrin, Paris.
Wittgenstein et la philosophie austro-allemande
Mulligan Kevin (2012), Wittgenstein et la philosophie austro-allemande, Vrin, Paris.
As Time Goes By: Eternal Facts in an Ageing Universe
Correia F & Rosenkranz S (2011), As Time Goes By: Eternal Facts in an Ageing Universe.
Epistemology
Soldati G. (2011), Epistemology, in Luft S. & Overgaard S. (ed.), Routledge, Oxford, 35.
Etre ému
Deonna J. (2011), Etre ému, in Tappolet C. Teroni F. & Konzelmann Ziv A. (ed.), 21.
From Grounding to Truth-Making: Some Thoughts
Correia F (2011), From Grounding to Truth-Making: Some Thoughts, in Reboul A (ed.), 1.
In Defense of Shame
Deonna J. Rodogno R. & Teroni F. (2011), In Defense of Shame, Oxford University Press, New York.
Introduction
Tappolet C. Teroni F. & Konzelmann Ziv A. (2011), Introduction, in Tappolet C. Teroni F. & Konzelmann Ziv A. (ed.), 11.
Introduction
F. Teroni C. Tappolet & A. Konzelmann Ziv (2011), Introduction, in F. Teroni C. Tappolet & A. Konzelmann Ziv (ed.), 11.
Les ombres de l’âme: Penser les émotions négatives
Tappolet C. Teroni F. & Konzelmann Ziv A. (ed.) (2011), Les ombres de l’âme: Penser les émotions négatives.
On Meaning Something and Meanings
Mulligan Kevin (2011), On Meaning Something and Meanings, in Grazer Philosophische Studien, 255.
Philosophy and its History. Elements of Methodology
Soldati G. (2011), Philosophy and its History. Elements of Methodology, in Casasus G. & Haupt S. (ed.), LIT Verlag, Wien / Berlin, 83.
Plus ou moins: Emotions et valence
Teroni F. (2011), Plus ou moins: Emotions et valence, in Tappolet C. Teroni F. & Konzelmann Ziv A. (ed.), 21.
Shame, Guilt and Morality
Bruun O. & Teroni F. (2011), Shame, Guilt and Morality, in Journal of Moral Philosophy, 221.
Simulation vs. Theory-Theory: Plea for an Epistemological Turn
Deonna J. & Nanay B. (2011), Simulation vs. Theory-Theory: Plea for an Epistemological Turn, in Reboul A. (ed.), 1.
Wittgenstein et ses prédecesseurs austro-allemands
Mulligan Kevin (2011), Wittgenstein et ses prédecesseurs austro-allemands, in Philosophiques, 5.
Die Rolle der Wahrnehmung in demonstrativen Gedanken
Soldati G (2010), Die Rolle der Wahrnehmung in demonstrativen Gedanken, in Frank Manfred Wiedman Niels (ed.), Suhrkamp, Frankfurt , 112.
Emotions and Values
Mulligan K (2010), Emotions and Values, in Goldie P (ed.), OUP, Oxford, 475.
Grounding and Truth-Functions
Correia F (2010), Grounding and Truth-Functions, in Logique et Analyse, 251.
The Intentional Object Disappearing Act: Constraints on a Definition of Emotion
Deonna J & Scherer K (2010), The Intentional Object Disappearing Act: Constraints on a Definition of Emotion, in Emotion Review, 44.
The Truth Connective vs the Truth Predicate. On Taking Connectives Seriously
Mulligan K (2010), The Truth Connective vs the Truth Predicate. On Taking Connectives Seriously, in Dialectica, 565.
Gestalt (and feeling)
Mulligan K (2009), Gestalt (and feeling), in Sander D. & Scherer K (ed.), OUP, Oxford, 195.
Husserls Herz
Mulligan K (2009), Husserls Herz, in Manfred Frank & Niels Weidtmann (ed.), Suhrkamp, Berlin, 209.
Moral Emotions
Mulligan K (2009), Moral Emotions, in Sander D. & Scherer K. (ed.), OUP, Oxford, 262.
On Being Struck by Value – Exclamations, Motivations and Vocations
Mulligan K (2009), On Being Struck by Value – Exclamations, Motivations and Vocations, in Barbara Merkel (ed.), Mentis, Paderborn, 141.
Values
Mulligan K (2009), Values, in R. Poidevin P. Simons A. McGonigal & R. Cameron (ed.), Routledge, London, 401.

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
GAP 08 Talk given at a conference 20.09.2012 Konstanz, Germany Soldati Gianfranco;
Logical Form Talk given at a conference 18.09.2012 Cambridge, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Mulligan Kevin;
ENFA5 Talk given at a conference 14.09.2012 Braga, Portugal Peebles Graham;
Summer School on Ontological Analysis, International Association for Ontology and its Applications Talk given at a conference 16.07.2012 Trento, Italy Mulligan Kevin;
Passions and Emotions in Ancient and Modern Philosophy Talk given at a conference 02.07.2012 Assos, Turkey Mulligan Kevin;
Eidos seminar Individual talk 13.06.2012 Geneva, Switzerland Mac Cumhaill Clare;
Coglio Workshop Talk given at a conference 12.06.2012 Coglio, Switzerland Dorsaz Coralie;
Journée d'étude “Causalité et explication de l'action” Talk given at a conference 08.06.2012 Université Jean Moulin, Lyon, France Deonna Julien Amos;
Coglio Workshop Talk given at a conference 06.06.2012 Coglio, Switzerland Peebles Graham;
The Unimportance of Truth and the Importance of Practice Talk given at a conference 04.06.2012 Zürich, Switzerland Mulligan Kevin;
Sinergia meetings Individual talk 29.05.2012 Geneva, Switzerland Jaquet François;
Self-Knowledge Talk given at a conference 15.05.2012 Institut Jean Nicod, Paris, France Soldati Gianfranco;
Symposium de la société suisse de philosophie Talk given at a conference 12.05.2012 Zürich, Switzerland Deonna Julien Amos;
Symposiun der Schweizerischen Philosophischen Gesellschaft Talk given at a conference 11.05.2012 Zürich, Switzerland Soldati Gianfranco;
Thumos seminar Individual talk 10.05.2012 Geneva, Switzerland Mac Cumhaill Clare;
SOPHA 2012 Talk given at a conference 06.05.2012 Paris, France Peebles Graham;
SOPHA 2012 Talk given at a conference 04.05.2012 Paris, France Deonna Julien Amos;
SOPHA 2012 Talk given at a conference 04.05.2012 Paris, France Deng Natalja;
Symposium “L'analyse des valeurs en termes d'émotions appropriées”, SOPHA 2012 Talk given at a conference 04.05.2012 Paris, France Teroni Fabrice;
Explanation and Evidence Talk given at a conference 26.04.2012 Geneva, Switzerland Mulligan Kevin;
Ecole doctorale Liège Talk given at a conference 24.04.2012 Liège, Belgium Soldati Gianfranco;
Eidos seminar Individual talk 05.04.2012 Geneva, Switzerland Peebles Graham;
Eidos seminar Individual talk 04.04.2012 Geneva, Switzerland Deng Natalja;
Crises épileptiques, conscience de Soi et modélisation du cerveau humain Talk given at a conference 02.04.2012 Lavigny, Switzerland Soldati Gianfranco;
PPIG Seminar Individual talk 21.03.2012 Edinburgh, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Deonna Julien Amos;
Logic Tea Individual talk 13.03.2012 ILLC Amsterdam, Netherlands Correia Fabrice;
La Metafisica delle Proprietà Talk given at a conference 12.03.2012 Bergamo, Italy Mulligan Kevin;
Lucerne Philosophy Graduate Conference Talk given at a conference 11.02.2012 Luzern, Switzerland Teroni Fabrice;
Deflationism about Temporal Experience Individual talk 11.02.2012 Luzern, Switzerland Peebles Graham;
Ovronnaz workshop on time Talk given at a conference 28.01.2012 Ovronnaz, Switzerland Peebles Graham;
Cosa (non) sappiamo dei colori Individual talk 27.01.2012 Torino, Italy Angelone Luca;
Direkter Realismus und unmittelbare Rechtfertigung Individual talk 18.01.2012 Bielefeld, Germany Soldati Gianfranco;
Discussion day with Elijah Chudnoff and Charles Siewert Talk given at a conference 14.12.2011 Fribourg, Switzerland Dorsaz Coralie;
PETAF midterm conference Talk given at a conference 10.12.2011 Aberdeen, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Correia Fabrice;
Thumos seminar Individual talk 01.12.2011 Geneva, Switzerland Teroni Fabrice;
Act-Based Conceptions of Propositional Content Talk given at a conference 26.11.2011 Institut d'Histoire et de Philosophie des Sciences, Paris, France Mulligan Kevin;
Truth-Makers and Proof-Objects Talk given at a conference 23.11.2011 Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France Mulligan Kevin;
Sinergia meetings Individual talk 14.11.2011 Geneva, Switzerland Boccardi Emiliano;
Aristotelian Society Talk given at a conference 24.10.2011 London, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Soldati Gianfranco;
Eidos seminar Individual talk 19.10.2011 Geneva, Switzerland Deng Natalja;
Sinergia meetings Individual talk 10.10.2011 Fribourg, Switzerland Soldati Gianfranco;


Self-organised

Title Date Place
Perceptual Ephemera 24.09.2012 Geneva, Switzerland
The Nature of Desire 26.06.2012 Geneva, Switzerland

Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
113688 Properties and Relations 01.06.2007 Project funding (Div. I-III)
128588 Desire, Emotion and the Mind 01.10.2010 SNSF Professorships
104897 NCCR Affective Sciences: Emotion in Individual Behavior and Social Processes (phase I) 01.09.2005 National Centres of Competence in Research (NCCRs)
113688 Properties and Relations 01.06.2007 Project funding (Div. I-III)
118626 Properties and relations 01.10.2007 ProDoc
132420 Essentialism and the Mind 01.10.2010 ProDoc
150289 The Nature of Existence: Neglected Questions at the Foundations of Ontology 01.11.2013 Project funding (Div. I-III)
152921 Signification et intentionnalité chez Anton Marty. Aux confins de la philosophie du langage et de l'esprit. 01.09.2014 Project funding (Div. I-III)
118627 Role of the stem cell antigen- 1 in the maintenance and self renewal of cardiac precursors in the heart 01.10.2007 Marie Heim-Voegtlin grants
139932 Aristote chez les Helve`tes. Onze essais de me´taphysique helve´tique 01.02.2013 Agora

Abstract

The present 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. The third subproject 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.
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