Collective Intentionality

Authored by: Marija Jankovic , Kirk Ludwig

The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Social Science

Print publication date:  December  2016
Online publication date:  December  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138825758
eBook ISBN: 9781315410098
Adobe ISBN: 9781315410081

10.4324/9781315410098.ch19

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Abstract

Intentionality is the property of being about, or directed at, something. Your belief that Athens is the capital of Greece is about Athens being the capital of Greece. Your desire for another cup of coffee is about your having a cup of coffee. A state with intentionality is an intentional state. Paradigmatic intentional states are propositional attitudes such as beliefs, intentions, desires, and hopes. They have a psychological mode (belief, intention, desire, hope, etc.) and a propositional content (e.g., that Athens is the capital of Greece), which may match or fail to match the world.

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