This paper is a phenomenological and psychoanalytical response to a set of papers. As a psychoanalyst, philosopher, and intellectual historian, I am interested in ‘intention’ in the phenomenological sense, that is, how someone both reaches out to and shapes their world. How does our thinking in this phenomenological way affect our doing of empirical research? How does it affect our psychoanalytical practice? I argue for approaching this kind of critique heterotopically, with an emphasis on other worlds and the relation of these to subjectivity and the unconscious.