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Humean NatureHow desire explains action, thought, and feeling$
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Neil Sinhababu

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198783893

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198783893.001.0001

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Intention

Intention

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(p.100) 6 Intention
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Humean Nature
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Neil Sinhababu

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198783893.003.0006

Chapter 6 argues that intentions are desires combined with means–end beliefs. This desire–belief account explains the role of intentions in both rational and irrational deliberation. Desire directs attention towards possible means for attaining its object, explaining the role of intentions in planning. Deliberation ends if we lack sufficient attentional resources, allowing for quick action but also for ill-considered and irrational decisions. Desire causes pleasure and displeasure as we think of its objects, explaining experiences of pleasure and displeasure in revising intentions. Joint intentions share these features of individual intentions, suggesting that they’re made of individual intentions which in turn are made of desire–belief pairs.

Keywords:   Desire, Belief, Intention, Reasoning, Attention

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