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Angela Mendelovici, "Phenomenal Intentionality in Perception"

According to the phenomenal intentionality theory (PIT), all intentionality is either nothing over and above phenomenal consciousness (phenomenal intentionality) or derived from phenomenal intentionality. This talk argues that PIT can adequately account for the intentionality of perception, focusing on four kinds of challenging cases: (1) perceptual states representing high-level contents, (2) perceptual states representing object-involving contents, (3) broad or wide perceptual states, and (4) nonconscious perceptual states. I argue that (1)-(3) can be accommodated with a notion of derived mental representation, whereas ases of type (4) can be adequately understood using a less demanding notion of representation, one on which representation is merely a matter of tracking and functional roles.