Author: Natsoulas, Thomas
Affiliation: U California, Davis, USA
Title: The intentionality of retrowareness.
Source: Journal of Mind & Behavior, 1988 Fal, 1988. 9 (4): p.549-573
Language: English
Subjects: Thesaurus terms: Consciousness States Memory Intention
Added Keywords: intentionality of retrowareness
Classification Code: Consciousness States (2380)
Population Terms: Human
Abstract: An instance of retrowareness is a veridical nonperceptual occurrent awareness of something about a particular past event or state of affairs. Accordingly, this occurrence is intentional, or exemplifies the property of intentionality, in the sense that it is as though it were about something in contrast to other equally intentional mental occurrences that only seem to be about something. That a retrowareness has intentionality must be explained in terms of its own content and structure, rather than in terms of its success in being about an actual past state of affairs or event. Such an explanation will help explain (a) how a retrowareness succeeds in being about its intentional object and (b) how mental occurrences lacking an intentional object may possess an intentional character. ((c) 1999 APA/PsycINFO, all rights reserved)