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.
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