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Problems and Issues of Intentionality: Medieval Roots and Contemporary Developments - AFSV00342
Anglický název: Problems and Issues of Intentionality: Medieval Roots and Contemporary Developments
Zajišťuje: Ústav filosofie a religionistiky (21-UFAR)
Fakulta: Filozofická fakulta
Platnost: od 2020
Semestr: letní
Body: 0
E-Kredity: 3
Způsob provedení zkoušky: letní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: letní s.:0/2 Z [hodiny/týden]
Počet míst: neurčen / neurčen (neurčen)
Minimální obsazenost: neomezen
Virtuální mobilita / počet míst: ne
Stav předmětu: nevyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
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Garant: Daniele De Santis, Ph.D.
Anna Tropia, Ph.D.
Rozvrh   Nástěnka   
Anotace - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Anna Tropia, Ph.D. (19.02.2020)

Summer 2020
Charles University
Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
(BA Module)

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

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

Email: anna.tropia@ff.cuni.cz

Problems and Issues of Intentionality:
Medieval Roots and Contemporary Developments
(An Introduction)

(Thursday 14:10-15:05)
Room: P225

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, namely, phenomenology and analytic or Anglo-Saxon philosophy.
Our aim does not simply consist in elucidating the concept of intentionality per se, but first and foremost in understanding the many issues connected to it, such as the concept of truth, the relation between thought and language as well as the more general gnoseological connection between the subject and the world.
To this end, excerpts and passages will be read and discussed from both medieval philosophers (from Thomas Aquinas and John Duns Scotus to late scholastics, such as Francisco Suárez), and thinkers belonging to phenomenology and analytic philosophy (from Levinas to M. Henry and Patočka, from Chisholm to Sellars).

First Series

Seminar 1: Intentionality as the Grasp of Singularities. William of Ockham
Seminar 2: Intentionality: A Property of Language or of the Mind?

Second Series

Seminar 1: Scotus vs Ockham. The Mental World, Declined in a Twofold Way
Seminar 2: The Debate between W. Sellars and R. Chisholm

Third Series

Seminar 1: Cognition is An active Process. Some Views (14th-15th c.)
Seminar 2: Intentionality and Passivity: Levinas and Henry

Fourth Series

Seminar 1: Intentionality at the Eve of Modernity (16th c.)
Seminar 2: World and Existence: Patočka on Intentionality

Metody výuky - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Daniele De Santis, Ph.D. (23.01.2020)

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 contemporary philosophy and 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

Požadavky ke zkoušce - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Daniele De Santis, Ph.D. (23.01.2020)

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 areabsent, 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


Essential Bibliography








Medieval Philosophy




Excerpta from William of Ockham, Philosophical Writings. Tr. and ed. by Ph. Boenher, New York 1964


John Duns Scotus. On being and cognition. Tr. by J. Van der Bercken, Fordham 2016


Chapters from the anthology ed. by Robert Pasnau, The Cambridge Translation of Medieval Philosophical Texts. Vol. III. Mind and Knowledge. Cambridge 2002


Excerpta from Francisco Suárez, Commentaria una cum quaestionibus in Aristotelis de anima. 3 vols. Ed. by Salvador Castellote-Cubells, Madrid 1978-1991, vol. III, trans. provided by the teacher




Contemporary Philosophy




R. Chisholm, Perceiving. A Philosophical Study (Cornell University Press 1957)


—, The First Person. An Essay on Reference and Intentionality (The Harvester Press 1981)


R. Chisholm, W. Sellars, Intentionality and the Mental (University of Minnesota Press 1957)


M. Henry, The Essence of Manifestation (Springer 1973)


E. Levinas, Discovering Existence with Husserl and Heidegger (Northwestern University Press           1998)


W. Sellars, Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind (Harvard University Press 1997)


The literature by and on Patočka will be communicated in due time.




 Secondary Literature




Medieval Philosophy




K. Tachau, Vision and Certitude in the Age of Ockham: Optics, Epistemology and the Foundations       of Semantics, 1250–1345 (Leiden 1988)


D. Perler, “What Am I Thinking About? John Duns Scotus and Peter Aureol on Intentional      Objects,” Vivarium 32 (1994), 72–89


—, Théories de l’intentionnalité au Moyen Âge (Paris 2002)


R. Pasnau, Theories of cognition in the Later Middle Ages (New York 1997)


G. Pini, “Scotus on Intuitive and Abstractive Intuition”, In J. P. Hause (ed.), Medieval Philosophy:     Essential Readings and Contemporary Responses (London 2014), 348-365






Contemporary Philosophy




C. Majolino, “Intentionnalités, ontologies: quel Aristote en héritage? Esquisse d'une cartographie         militaire”, Revue philosophique de Louvain, 2016, 485-546


R. Sokolowski, Introduction to Phenomenology (Cambridge University Press 2000)


W. A. de Vries (Ed.), Empiricism, Perceptual Knowledge, Normativity and Realism Essays on Wilfrid Sellars (Oxford University Press2009)






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