What is intentional nexus in philosophy?


Philosophy is full of amusement and exciting views.

People always use to think in particular way and hence reading philosophy triggers mind in a new way which excites it.


Philosophy has been a hidden major part of education which is most practical and impractical at the same time like the way it asks the questions sometimes and debates over Metaphysical things, which normal people find useless in their daily life.

But philosophy has been the important part of our life. Whatever we use to express anything is a role of philosophy. Whatever the way you use to deduce a thing or seek the truth about a thing, it is always the philosophical way.


Likewise in philosophical way, when a person starts to relate two things in certain possible and logical way the term used to define that way is called intentional nexus.





The intentional nexus only describes object or content of mental acts which stand in an unique relation, the intentional nexus, to other things.

‘Intentional nexus’ is a term which expresses the way of an mental event that related itself to an object. For more certainty, Intentional nexus relates two things a mental idea and an object.


To be more exact, the idea inside mind always has an object. This object in philosophy is known as ‘content of the idea’.

The idea inside mind and its object always are related in a certain way. Any idea doesn’t rise at once without any prior trigger point.


Every mental acts has two properties –

• The property which defines which type of mental act it is like anger, desire, hope etc.

• The property which defines the object type.


There is no idea which doesn’t have an object. Some mental phenomena don’t have ‛content’ or object in particular. For example– if you open your eye at sudden the object you see in your front may be anything, and this process of seeing was not intended by you. This type of mental phenomena don’t need intentional nexus to be described because they don’t have any object in particular at that certain time. These mental phenomena just happen. For example– some mental things as sensations, feeling and images. (Here the imagining act of image could be intentional but not the image.)


The mental phenomena which have object in particular need intentional nexus to be described. For example– Martin says this is an elephant. Now the idea is you see an animal and that object of idea is elephant.


There is no idea which is not an idea of something i.e. object (here object should not be considered as physical thing), there is no desire which don’t contain a desired thing or act or any object; there is no anger which doesn’t contain a certain object etc.

(Ref.–Existentialsm and Phenomenology)


So, every mental phenomena contains object and the object and mental act or idea needs ‘intentional nexus’ that relates the mental act and that particular object by showing particular intention or direction of action to it.



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