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Adventures and Misadventures of Intentionality between Medieval Philosophy and Phenomenology - AFSV00330
Anglický název: Adventures and Misadventures of Intentionality between Medieval Philosophy and Phenomenology
Zajišťuje: Ústav filosofie a religionistiky (21-UFAR)
Fakulta: Filozofická fakulta
Platnost: od 2020
Semestr: zimní
Body: 0
E-Kredity: 3
Způsob provedení zkoušky: zimní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: zimní s.:2/0 Z [hodiny/týden]
Počet míst: neurčen / neurčen (neurčen)
Minimální obsazenost: neomezen
Stav předmětu: nevyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
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Garant: Daniele De Santis, Ph.D.
Anna Tropia, Ph.D.
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Anotace - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Daniele De Santis, Ph.D. (08.10.2019)

Charles University
Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
(BA Module)

Anna Tropia, Ph.D.
Daniele De Santis, Ph. D.

Office hours:
Wednesday 12:00-13:00 (Tropia)
Thursday 11:00-12:00 (De Santis)

Email: anna.tropia@ff.cuni.cz

Adventures and Misadventures of Intentionality
in Medieval Philosophy and Phenomenology
(An Introduction)

(Thursday 14:10-15:40)
Room: P225

1. General Description and Aims of the Module

That of intentionality is by far one of the most used and abused terms in contemporary philosophy (whether of analytic or continental tradition); however, its origins and conceptual development over the centuries are seldom taken into systematic account by scholars and philosophers. The goal of the present module is to offer a first historic-systematic discussion of the term intentionality, notably, of some its conceptual and terminological variations, with a special focus upon its first injection(s) in medieval times and its re-emergence in contemporary philosophy, notably, phenomenology.
Our aim does not simply consist in elucidating the concept of intentionality per se, but first and foremost in understanding the context(s) within which philosophers resort to it, so as to address and eventually answer questions such as: what are the problems that require the introduction of such a concept? Why is it necessary to speak of “intentionality”?
To this end, excerpts and passages will be read and discussed from both medieval philosophers (Thomas Aquinas, Henry of Ghent, Peter John Olivi, John Duns Scotus), and thinkers belonging to the history or pre-history of the early phenomenological tradition (from F. Brentano to K. Twardowski, from E. Husserl to M. Heidegger).

2. Structure

The module will be structured both thematically and historically and divided into 4 series of three seminars, each of which will revolve around a specific theme, or a combination thereof.
(1) Each series will start off with a first thematic session on medieval philosophy,
(2) Which will be then followed by a second thematic session on phenomenology;
(3) Finally, the third and last session will be dedicated to an in-class close-up reading of the texts previously introduced and discussed.

3. Course Outline

First Series

Seminar 1: The begin: Henry of Ghent vs. Thomas Aquinas
Seminar 2: Franz Brentano: The Modern Discoverer of “Intentionality”?

Second Series

Seminar 1: The mental world: Henry of Ghent, John Duns Scotus
Seminar 2: Intentional Relation and Intentional Object. On a Debate within the School of Brentano

Third Series

Seminar 1: Peter John Olivi: Cognition as Direct Access to the Things Themselves
Seminar 2: Edmund Husserl: Intentionality and Phenomenology

Fourth Series

Seminar 1: Some Later Views: attentio animi, and a Direct Look Upon Things
Seminar 2: Heidegger: Intentionality or Existence?
Podmínky zakončení předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Daniele De Santis, Ph.D. (02.09.2019)


Students will be evaluated based upon the following two distinct parameters:

(1) Participation (which includes, yet is not limited to: doing the assignments, attendance, in-class active participation). If you are absent, please ask some of your classmates for any assignments or key discussion materials missed or to check out our Moodle-page).
(2) A Final Oral Exam (date and additional information will be provided in due course) or a 30 min. in-class presentation to be discussed with the teachers based upon our schedule

Literatura - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Daniele De Santis, Ph.D. (02.09.2019)

Essential Bibliography


Original Texts


Medieval Philosophy


Thomas Aquinas, Summa theologiae Ia q. 84, a. 7, 85, a. 1 (Opera Omnia, Roma – Paris, ed. Leonina, vol. V, 1882);

Summa contra gentes, III, c. 51;

Sent. IV, d. 49, a. 1, in Sancti Thomae Aquinatis super quartum librum Sententiarum, ed. M. F. Moos, P. Lethielleux, Paris 1947

Henry of Ghent, Quodlibeta (excerpta from I-XIV): Opera Omnia, ed. R. Macken, Leuven, 1979 –.


Peter John Olivi, Lectura super Ioannem, excerpt from ch. 1 (“Petri Iohannis Olivi Tractatus de verbo,” ed. R. Pasnau, Franciscan Studies, 53 (1993) 121–53);

—, excerpta from Quaestiones in secundum librum Sententiarum (Bibliotheca Franciscana Scholastica 4–6), ed. B. Jansen (Quaracchi: Collegium S. Bonaventurae, 1922–26).

John Duns Scotus, excerpta from Ordinatio, I, d. 3, p. 3, q. I (Opera Omnia, III, Città del Vaticano, 1950)





F. Brentano, Psychologie vom empirischen Standpunkte. Erster Band; Zweiter Band, Felix Meiner 1971-1973

—, Wahrheit und Evidenz, Felix Meiner 1930

M. Heidegger, Sein und Zeit, Max Niemeyer 1967

—, Prolegoma zur Geschichte des Zeitbegriffs, Vittorio Klostermann 1979

E. Husserl, Logische Untersuchungen, Husserliana XIX/1, M. Nijhoff 1984

—, Ideen zu einer reinen Phänomenologie und phänomenologischen Philosophie. Band 1, Husserliana III, M. Nijhoff 1976

K. Twardowski, Gesammelte deutsche Werke, Springer 2017



5.2. Translations


Medieval Philosophy


R. Pasnau,The Treatise on Human Nature: Summa Theologiae 1a 75-89, translated by Robert Pasnau, Hackett, 2002

—, The Cambridge Translations of Medieval Philosophical Texts, vol. III. Mind and Knowledge. Cambridge, CUP, 2002 (texts by Peter John Olivi and Peter Aureol)




F. Brentano, Psychology from an Empirical Standpoint, Routledge 1995

—, The True and the Evident, Routledge 2009

M. Heidegger, Being and Time, State University of New York Press 1996

—,History of the Concept of Time: Prolegomena, Indiana University Press 1985

E. Husserl, Logical Investigations, Routledge 2001

—, Ideas I, Hackett 2014

K. Twardowski, On the Content and Object of Representations, M. Nijhoff 1977

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