Chapter

Intentions

Rowland Stout

in The Inner Life of a Rational Agent

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780748623433
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652501 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623433.003.0008
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This chapter defends the following claim: A subject intends to achieve G if and only if the subject is disposed to behave in a way that is governed by a version of practical rationality that recommends that G is to be achieved. It is interesting to see what the difference is between a subject being in such a state, and the subject being disposed to behave in a way that is governed by a version of practical rationality which works on the assumption that G is to be achieved. Davidson’s approach to weakness fits very neatly into the account presented here.

Keywords: practical rationality; behaviour; state; weakness; Davidson; intention; belief

Chapter.  7324 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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