Brentano on Space

  • Leslie Kavanaugh


In Vienna at the end of the nineteenth century, a virtual explosion occured of thought, creativity and revolutionary energy. At the origins of phenomenology, Franz Brentano took inspiration from Aristotle's de Anima in order to provide the bridge between mental acts [psychisch] and sensible phenomena [physisch]; the link or relationship which he called intentional in-existence. Phenomenology would completely change the direction of how philosophy constituted its problems – the relation between the “physical” and the “psychic”, the inter-relatedness of all things, the relation of our body to space and time, as well as how phenomena “appear” to consciousness. This essay briefly sketches out this geneology, and explicates the importance of Brentano's thought on the issues of space-time-continuum.

Author Biography

Leslie Kavanaugh

Leslie Kavanaugh is both an architect and a philosopher. At present, she is a Senior Researcher specializing in the philosophy of space and time at TUDelft, the Delft School of Design (DSD). She is a registered architect in both America and the Netherlands. Kavanaugh recently published: The Architectonic of Philosophy: Plato, Aristo­tle, Leibniz (Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam Press, 2007). Forthcoming is the volume entitled: Chrono-topol­ogies: Hybrid Spatialities and Multiple Temporalities with contributions from esteemed international scholars explor­ing the consequences of time, and its relationship with space through a multi-disciplinary approach.

How to Cite
KAVANAUGH, Leslie. Brentano on Space. FOOTPRINT, [S.l.], p. 39-50, june 2008. ISSN 1875-1490. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 13 aug. 2020. doi: