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intensional

(philosophy)
A description of properties, e.g. intensional equality, that relate to how an object is implemented as opposed to extensional properties which concern only how its output depends on its input.
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My suggestion, therefore, is that Husserl's expression "relative truth" is intensionally equivalent (synonymous) with "contingent truth.
In other words, when people orient themselves "by verbal definitions," prefer "maps" to territories (even without checking maps against their actual territories), fail to become aware of "assumptions and inferences and to test them out when possible," and fail to distinguish among "different levels of abstracting," they "behave intensionally.
We can find many instances of discussions (possibly intensionally oriented--based on belief rather than on practice and observations) involving the merits and usefulness to the practice of general semantics of avoiding all uses of the verb "to be.
one behaves intensionally when he responds to his "maps" (his feelings, imaginings, visualizations, formulations, attitudes, theories, preconceptions, evaluations, inferences) as if he were responding to the territory (objects, people, happenings, relationships, things, and so on).
The intensionally oriented confuse the word and the thing, often treating the word as if it were the thing.
His fear of running becomes an obsession, a worry, and it might be surmised that whenever one worries, he is acting intensionally.
The intensionally oriented would not lean toward testing and verifying results whereas the extensionally oriented would.
7) Such associations would represent more similar correspondences between different speakers than would those abstract words which can only be defined intensionally.
Clever Odysseus, that great manipulator of symbols, knew that the war-weary Trojans would interpret the meaning of the wooden horse intensionally, that is, in accordance with their own needs and desires.
and so he is more aware of change than the intensionally oriented person, who mistakes the fluid, dynamic world around him for the static, rigid world of labels, "qualities," and "categories" in his head.
People who abstract in this fashion are said by general semantics to be intensionally oriented.
To be oriented intensionally is to order behavior in terms of definitions, arguments, verbal proofs, and theorizings, essentially disregarding the existence of verifiable life facts.