The Consciousness

Intentionality refers to the notion that consciousness is always the consciousness of something. The word itself should

not be confused with the "ordinary" use of the word intentional, but should rather be taken as playing on the etymological roots of the word. Originally, intention referred to a "stretching out", and in this context it refers to consciousness "stretching out"

towards its object, although one should be careful with this image, seeing as there is not some consciousness first

that, subsequently, stretches out to its object. Rather, consciousness occurs as the simultaneity of a

conscious act and its object. Intentionality is often summed up as "aboutness."