Chapter

Choice

Richard Holton

in Willing, Wanting, Waiting

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780199214570
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191706547 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199214570.003.0003
Choice

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Choices provide a key way of forming intentions. This chapter develops an account of choice based around three features: (i) choice is an action; (ii) choice is not determined by one's prior beliefs and desires; and (iii) once the question of what to do has arisen, choice is typically both necessary and sufficient for moving to action. It is argued that choice is needed because of agents' inabilities to arrive at judgments about what is best. Nevertheless, choice differs from random picking: in choosing, agents frequently (though not always) deploy abilities that enable them to make good choices. In such cases, judgments about what is best will frequently follow the choice.

Keywords: intention; picking; free will; prior beliefs; random

Chapter.  7044 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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