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Geeta Ramana

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780198097266

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198097266.001.0001

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Structure of Intentions and Action

Structure of Intentions and Action

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(p.101) 4 Structure of Intentions and Action
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Human Action, Consciousness, and Problems of Representation
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Geeta Ramana

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198097266.003.0004

This chapter discusses the logic of intentions and intentionality and their explanatory role in human action. Intentions function in a variety of ways and it is a significant exercise to lay bare the nature of its directionality, notwithstanding the causal versus reason debate on the status of intentions. The structure of intentionality and its relation to action is placed in a holistic context that ranges from the ability to move from the past through the present towards the future. Intentions are discussed as important psychological concepts in the understanding of human action. Here, it is distinguished from other psychological concepts such as desires and beliefs. Concerns about when exactly intentions begin to play a decisive role, lead us to a complex grid of other mental phenomena that need to be adequately positioned in our reasoning process.

Keywords:   intentions, intentionality, language-games, intentional explanations, basic actions, reference, truth

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