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Planning, Time, and Self-Governance: Essays in Practical Rationality

Michael E. Bratman


Our human capacity for planning agency plays central roles in the cross-temporal organization of our agency, in our acting and thinking together, and in our self-governance. Intentions can be understood as states in such a planning system. The practical thinking essential to this planning capacity is guided by norms that enjoin synchronic plan consistency and coherence as well as forms of plan stability over time. This book’s essays aim to deepen our understanding of these norms and defend their status as norms of practical rationality for planning agents. General guidance by these planning no ... More

Keywords: planning agency, intention, plan rationality, myth theory, cognitivism, synchronic self-governance, diachronic self-governance, shared agency, Peter Strawson, J. J. C. Smart

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190867850
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190867850.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael E. Bratman, author
Professor of Philosophy, Stanford