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Faces of Intention


  • Page extent: 304 pages
  • Size: 216 x 138 mm
  • Weight: 0.54 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 128/.4
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: B105.I56 B73 1999
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Intentionality (Philosophy)
    • Agent (Philosophy)

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521631310 | ISBN-10: 0521631319)

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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. These essays enrich Bratman's 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. This collection will be a valuable resource for a wide range of philosophers and their students, and will also be of interest to social and developmental psychologists, AI researchers, and game and decision theorists.


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. CastaƱeda's theory of thought and action; 13. Cognitivism about practical reason; 14. Critical study of Korsgaard's The Sources of Normativity.


" Faces of Intention is a fine collection of essays covering Michael Bratman's work on intention and agency between 1992 and 1998, along with four critical reviews published between 1983 and 1998." Dialogue 40/2

"Michael Bratman's new book is a very good piece of work. Clearly written, philosophically sophisticated, and admirably fair to contrary points of view, it is worthy of both attentive study and careful critique." Philosophy and Phenomenological

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