Philosophical Studies

, Volume 141, Issue 1, pp 79–95

The dispensability of (merely) intentional objects


DOI: 10.1007/s11098-008-9264-7

Cite this article as:
Kriegel, U. Philos Stud (2008) 141: 79. doi:10.1007/s11098-008-9264-7


The ontology of (merely) intentional objects is a can of worms. If we can avoid ontological commitment to such entities, we should. In this paper, I offer a strategy for accomplishing that. This is to reject the traditional act-object account of intentionality in favor of an adverbial account. According to adverbialism about intentionality, having a dragon thought is not a matter of bearing the thinking-about relation to dragons, but of engaging in the activity of thinking dragon-wise.


Intentionality Intentional objects Adverbialism Ontological commitment 

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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