Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 465-483

First online:

Brentano on the dual relation of the mental

  • Mark TextorAffiliated withDepartment of Philosophy, King’s College London Email author 

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Brentano held that every mental phenomenon has an object and is conscious (the dual relation thesis). The dual relation thesis faces a number of well-known problems. The paper explores how Brentano tried to overcome these problems. In considering Brentano's responses, the paper sheds light on Brentano's theory of judgement that underpins his philosophy of mind.


Brentano Inner consciousness Immediate evidence Judgement