Intention and Intentional Action

Alfred R. Mele

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Mind

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780199262618
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

Intention and Intentional Action


Intention, intentional action, and the connections between them are central topics of the philosophy of action, a branch of the philosophy of mind. One who regards the subject matter of the philosophy of mind as having at its core some aspect of what lies between environmental input to beings with minds and behavioural output may be inclined to see the philosophy of action as concerned only with the output end of things. That would be a mistake. Many intentional actions depend for their development on the processing of input — both from the environment and from the body.

Keywords: intention; intentional action; philosophy of action; philosophy of mind; behavioural output; processing of input

Article.  10322 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Philosophy of Mind

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