Mark J. Chironna, c. 2016
The word “intentionality” derives from the Latin ‘intendere’ which means “to point at” or “to aim at”. What makes you intentional is that your mental states and your consciousness are always directed towards, aimed at, and pointed towards something! Intentionality leads to being intentional! If you are thirsty, you intend to satisfy your thirst by drinking some water or another satisfying beverage.
McIntyre and Smith state: “an action is intentional when done with a certain ‘intention’, which means that you are in a certain mental state of ‘aiming’ toward a certain state of affairs”. Essentially, action and intention are inseparable. There is no passivity in intention. It is fueled by the very spark of intentionality within your mental framework.
Yet if intentionality is the spark of intention, what is the spark of intentionality? Continue reading