The Nature of Trying

Gideon Yaffe

in Attempts

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199590667
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595530 | DOI:
The Nature of Trying

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This chapter offers “The Guiding Commitment View” of trying: to try to act is to be committed to each of the components of success and to be guided by those commitments. The chapter explains what it is for one's intention to commit one to a component of success. This explanation requires an account of what the components of a crime are, so the chapter offers an account of the traditional division of the elements of a crime into acts, results, circumstances, and mental states. The chapter also suggests that the difference between guidance and other effects of an intention on behavior—such as the effect an intention has when it prompts one to confess it—is this: there is guidance by an intention just in case the agent would have completed the intended crime had he had ability and opportunity and did not change his mind.

Keywords: attempt; intention; trying; elements of crimes; guidance; commitment

Chapter.  18476 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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