A not-so-simple view of intentional action

Academic Article


  • The Simple View (SV) holds that for someone to intentionally A, he must intend to A. Critics of SV point to intentional actions which, due to belief-conditions or consistency constraints, agents cannot intend. By recognizing species of intention which vary with the agent's confidence in acting, I argue that the stringency of consistency constraints depends on the agent's confidence. A sophisticated SV holds that the species of intending is related to the degree of intentionality of the action. Finally, I show that where agents do what they believe impossible, without intending to do so, the action is not intentional. © 1999 University of Southern California and Blackwell Publishers Ltd.
  • Authors

    Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 22720559
  • Author List

  • Chan DK
  • Start Page

  • 1
  • End Page

  • 16
  • Volume

  • 80
  • Issue

  • 1