Definition of intentionality in English:


Line breaks: in¦ten¦tion|al¦ity
Pronunciation: /ɪˈntɛnʃ(ə)nalɪti


[mass noun]
  • 1The fact of being deliberate or purposive.
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    • Therefore, intentionality and deliberate programming done in camps often resulted in positive youth development.
    • As I have already outlined, a social fact for Searle is any fact that involves collective intentionality.
    • Any fact that involves shared collective intentionality is a social fact.
  • 1.1 Philosophy The quality of mental states (e.g. thoughts, beliefs, desires, hopes) which consists in their being directed towards some object or state of affairs.
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    • The latter, it will be recalled, is characterized by intentionality, directedness towards an object.
    • But, alas, such a clear and distinct view of mental intentionality still eludes philosophers of mind.
    • But the primary phenomena of intentionality are conscious experiences, including conscious thoughts.

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