Intentionality and the Myths of the Given
Between Pragmatism and Phenomenology
Intentionality is one of the central problems of modern philosophy. How can a thought, action or belief be about something? Sachs draws on the work of Wilfrid Sellars, C I Lewis and Maurice Merleau-Ponty to build a new theory of intentionality that solves many of the problems faced by traditional conceptions.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments; Introduction: Why A New Account of Intentionality?; Chapter 1 Intentionality and the Problem of Transcendental Friction; Chapter 2 The Epistemic Given and the Semantic Given in C. I. Lewis; Chapter 3 Discursive Intentionality and ‘Nonconceptual Content’ in Sellars; Chapter 4 The Retreat from Nonconceptualism: Discourse and Experience in Brandom and McDowell; Chapter 5 Somatic Intentionality and Habitual Normativity in Merleau-Ponty’s Account of Lived Embodiment; Chapter 6 The Possibilities and Problems of Bifurcated Intentionality; Conclusion;
Carl B. Sachs
"Sachs has written a perceptive and well-argued book about a set of very challenging authors. If one wishes to understand the deepest issues that thread current neo-pragmatist thought, one could do no better than to pick up Sachs’ book." - Steven Levine, The Philosophical Quarterly
"Sachs’s Intentionality and the Myths of the Given is a worthwhile text. It provides careful and precise elucidations of Sellars’s Myth. It deepens the historical context and understanding of important debates in contemporary philosophy, especially analytic philosophy – for which Sachs’s contribution might be invaluable. And it joins a growing chorus of works that bring phenomenological philosophers into prominent dialogue with more widely read philosophers." – Eric Chelstrom in Phenomenological Reviews