Intentional Essence ()
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...the intentional essence does not exhaust the act phenomenologically. An imaginative presentation, qualified as merely imaginative, is unessentially altered in manner, if the fulness and vividness of the sensuous contents helping to build it up is increased or decreased, or, objectively put, if the object now appears with greater clearness and definiteness, now becomes lost in a mist, now becomes paler in colour etc. ( : Investigation V, section 21, p. 591)

Two acts may in fact agree in respect of their quality and their matter, and yet differ descriptively. In so far as quality and matter now count for us ... as the wholly essential, and so never to be dispensed with, constitutents of an act, it would be suitable to call the union of both, forming one part of the complete act, the act's intentional essence (Edmund Husserl, Logical Investigations (I-VI): Section 21)

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The intentional essence of an act is the union of its matter and quality. (See Logical Investigations, Investigation V, section 20, p. 590.) Two acts may be alike in matter but differ in quality and vise versa. For instance, wondering whether Smith has arrived and wondering whether Jones have arrived are alike in quality but different matters. Wondering whether Smith will arrive and perceiving Smith arrive differ in quality but have similar matters. No act, furthermore, consists of just a matter or a quality; the two are inseparable though distinct components of any intentional act.
Posted by: Walter Hopp