NINE

INTENTIONALITY

Learning is not the accumulation of scraps of knowledge. It is a growth, where every act of knowledge develops the learner, thus making him capable of constituting ever more and more complex objectivities —and the object growth in complexity parallels the subjective growth in capacity.

—Husserl, as interpreted by
Quentin Lauer

As we have been exploring the deeper significance of wish, we have noticed that a curious theme has been constantly emerging. Something more is going on in a wish than meets the eye. This theme is implied when Lynch speaks of the "autonomous" element in wishing, or when he and Farber both speak of the relation of the wish to imagination and spontaneity. And the theme is present especially when we consider the meaning of the wish, that aspect of the wish in human beings that goes beyond mere force and is expressed in language, art, and other symbols. The same theme was also present as the big "X" which James leaped over in his illustration of getting out of bed on a cold morning.

This theme, running through our discussion like an obligato, is intentionality. By intentionality, I mean the structure which gives meaning to experience. It is not to be identified with intentions,

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  • Love and Will *
  • Contents *
  • Foreword *
  • One - Introduction: Our Schizoid World *
  • Part I - Love *
  • Two - Paradoxes of Sex and Love *
  • Three - Eros in Conflict with Sex *
  • Four - Love and Death *
  • Five - Love and the Daimonic *
  • Six - The Daimonic in Dialogue *
  • Part II - Will *
  • Seven - The Will in Crisis *
  • Eight - Wish and Will *
  • Nine - Intentionality *
  • Ten - Intentionality in Therapy *
  • Part III - Love and Will *
  • Eleven - The Relation of Love and Will *
  • Twelve - The Meaning of Care *
  • Thirteen - Communion of Consciousness *
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