Intentional objects are the objects we conceive, imagine and so on. Any mental act we have is directed towards an object. But, if the mind perceives something intentionally, it doesn’t mean that it is conscious about the fact that it perceives it. The mind can not reflect on the act of perceiving at the same time it perceives it. Secondly, this object is not mind dependent. When the mind perceives this object it is transcendent to the act. Thirdly, the fact that these objects don’t exist in reality doesn’t mean they exist in the mind. It means that they don’t exist at all. The mind perceives these intentional objects but they don’t exist in the mind. Therefore, the theory of intentionality tries to show that the things we perceive are not mind dependent. Further, if the mind thinks about something, it doesn’t mean that it exists, that it is directed towards an object. The mind by thinking, puts together an object, but in fact it doesn’t exist. For example, if i think about unicorns, it doesn’t mean they exist in the mind. The mind just put some ingredients together to come up with an object I called unicorns. This is exactly what Husserl’s phenomenology is trying to show. Husserl, in his phenomenology wants to avoid solipsism. The objects that the mind perceives don’t exist only in the mind, as Descartes asserts, they are on a different plane than the mind; therefore we can’t really think about them, but at the same time we can describe them by doing phenomenological reduction. The theory of the intentional objects is necessary for us to avoid mistakes about what we perceive in our minds. Instead we can recognize the real essence of consciousness. We can detect what is immanent in the thought. As Husserl put it: “I do not see color-sensations but colored things, I do not hear tone sensations but the singer’s song, etc, etc.” What he means is that our color sensation and tone sensation are immanent to our thought, not the singer or the colored things. We wouldn’t get to this without the theory of intentionality.