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direction of fit


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A concept deriving from Miss Anscombe's influential book Intention. Anscombe introduced two ways of using a shopping list: one as a set of instructions of what to put in the basket, but the other, as might be used by a detective spying on a shopper's movements, as a record of what has gone into the basket. In the first case the goal is to have the basket fit the list, but in the second to have the list fit the basket. The concept is used to differentiate mental states like desires or intentions, which conform to the first model, from representations and beliefs, which conform to the second. There is controversy over which direction of fit moral commitments exhibit.

Subjects: Philosophy.


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