Faces of Intention: Selected Essays on Intention and Agency

Faces of Intention: Selected Essays on Intention and Agency

Paperback Cambridge Studies in Philosophy

By (author) Michael E. Bratman, Series edited by Ernest Sosa, Series edited by Jonathan Dancy, Series edited by John Haldane, Series edited by Gilbert Harman, Series edited by Frank Jackson, Series edited by William G. Lycan, Series edited by Sydney Shoemaker, Series edited by Judith Jarvis Thomson

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  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 212mm x 24mm | 458g
  • Publication date: 20 February 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521637279
  • ISBN 13: 9780521637275
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 490,231

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This collection of essays by one of the most prominent and internationally respected philosophers of action theory is concerned with deepening our understanding of the notion of intention. In Bratman's view, when we settle on a plan for action we are committing ourselves to future conduct in ways that help support important forms of coordination and organization both within the life of the agent and interpersonally. These essays enrich that account of commitment involved in intending, and explore its implications for our understanding of temptation and self-control, shared intention and shared cooperative activity, and moral responsibility. The essays offer extensive discussions of related views by, among others, Donald Davidson, Hector-Neri Castaneda, Christine Korsgaard, Harry Frankfurt, and P. F. Strawson. This collection will be a valuable resource for a wide range of philosophers and their students.

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'This is an excellent collection of essays. It is clearly written and presents complex arguments in an accessible and persuasive manner. Bratman's work has consistently been of the highest calibre: Faces of Intention is no exception.' The Cambridge Law Journal

Table of contents

1. Introduction: planning agents in a social world; Part I. Acceptance and Stability: 2. Practical reasoning and acceptance in a context; 3. Planning and temptation; 4. Toxin, temptation, and the stability of intention; Part II. Shared Agency: 5. Shared cooperative activity; 6. Shared intention; 7. Shared intention and mutual obligation; 8. I intend that we J; Part III. Responsibility and Identification: 9. Responsibility and planning; 10. Identification, decision, and treating as a reason; Part IV. Critical Studies: 11. Davidson's theory of intention; 12. Castaneda's theory of thought and action; 13. Cognitivism about practical reason; 14. Critical study of Korsgaard's The Sources of Normativity.