- Franz Brentano
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Jacquette nimbly navigates the interpretive thickets surrounding the early version of the thesis that Brentano presents in his Psychology from an Empirical Standpoint. Jacquette rightly emphasizes that by intentional in-existence of an object, Brentano means here the literal containment of the intended object within the intending act as a part within a whole and not, as is often supposed, the possible or actual non-existence of the intended object. In light of its problematic metaphysical consequences, it might be wondered why Brentano adopted his early immanentist reading of the intentionality thesis.
Linda McAlister is more sanguine about the hopes for a consistent doctrine of intentionality in the Psychology. According to this reading objects may be said to have two different modes of being or existence, actual existence or existence in the world, and intentional existence or existence in the mind. There is, however, no sustained consideration of these influences to counterbalance the strongly Aristotelian reading offered by George and Koehn.
For 14 years he continued in this position; numerous efforts to restore him to his professorship were derailed by political intrigues. Finally, in , after the death of his wife, Brentano left Vienna and settled in Florence, where he devoted himself to writing and to correspondence with his wide circle of students. In addition to his work on psychology, Brentano published important works on Aristotle, on ethics, and on esthetics.
Brentano's work offers original insights in all the main branches of philosophy from logic to natural theology. He defended the objectivity of value judgments in ethics and esthetics and labored to construct a philosophical theism and a doctrine of immortality. The onset of World War I drove him from his Italian haven to Zurich, where, now totally blind, he continued to dictate new manuscripts.
Jan T.J. Srzednicki (Author of Franz Brentano's Analysis of Truth)
He died in Zurich on March 17, , and was survived by his second wife and a son, Johannes. There are few studies in English on Brentano. Chisholm, Roderick M.
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