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Necessary Intentionality: A Study In The Metaphysics Of Aboutness By Ori Simchen, Heimir Geirsson Jul 2012

Necessary Intentionality: A Study In The Metaphysics Of Aboutness By Ori Simchen, Heimir Geirsson

Philosophy and Religious Studies Publications

The relations between our cognitions and what they are about have been much discussed in recent decades. A popular view used to be that the relation between a cognitive state and what it is about is a contingent affair, namely that my cognitive state might have been just as it actually is in the absence of the object it is of, or in the presence of a qualitatively identical object as the one it is of. A second position, one more in vogue now, is that we can distinguish between a wide and a narrow content, where the wide content ...


A Brief Ode To An Intellectual Otter, Clark Wolf Jan 2005

A Brief Ode To An Intellectual Otter, Clark Wolf

Philosophy and Religious Studies Publications

Taking his cue from a brief comment by an obscure Greek poet, Isaiah Berlin made a famous taxological distinction between intellectual hedgehogs and foxes. Intellectual hedgehogs know "one big thing." They have a key insight that gives them a perspective from which to view and discuss many different problems. Intellectual foxes "know many things." "Foxes" have many different and sometimes unrelated insights, flashes of insight and understanding that come from many different sources. When you meet a hedgehog, it's a fair bet that you can make an informed prediction about what she or he will say about many different ...