The intentionality and positionality of spontaneous acts

Adolf Reinach’s account of agency

Authored by: Francesca De Vecchi

The Routledge Handbook of Phenomenology of Agency

Print publication date:  October  2020
Online publication date:  October  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138098978
eBook ISBN: 9781315104249
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The aim of this chapter is to discuss Adolf Reinach’s account of agency and his phenomenological approach to agency. I will show that Reinach’s account of agency concerns intentional acts, rather than intentional bodily actions, and explain how it is grounded in a phenomenological account of intentional lived experiences (Erlebnisse) that are characterized by different levels of positionality.

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