Intention and Desire

Bede Rundle

in Mind in Action

Published in print October 1997 | ISBN: 9780198236917
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679414 | DOI:
Intention and Desire

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It remains to be a question whether the causal origins of human action are to be found in our thoughts and desires. Belief in such a causal role is often associated with the claim that what is needed is a satisfaction theory. The discussion here begins by looking into some details of verbal forms in which intention is indicated, such as ‘I shall return’. On the other hand, the prediction of non-intentional action can be based on grounds of the kind associated with intention. This chapter also explores why ‘want’ is used in situations where obstacles are not really seen to block the intention. Finally, it is concluded that classification into intentional and not intentional of actions is not the best way to do it because of such fuzzy demarcation line between these two.

Keywords: action; thoughts; desires; satisfaction theory; intention; obstacles; reference; want

Chapter.  12908 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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