Faces of Intention: Selected Essays on Intention and Agency

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This collection of essays by one of the most prominent and internationally respected philosophers of action is concerned with deepening our understanding of intention and agency. In Bratman's view when we settle on a plan for action we are committing ourselves to future conduct in ways that help support important forms of coordination and organization both within the life of the agent and interpersonally. These essays enrich that account of commitment involved in intending and explore its implications for our ...
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Overview

This collection of essays by one of the most prominent and internationally respected philosophers of action is concerned with deepening our understanding of intention and agency. In Bratman's view when we settle on a plan for action we are committing ourselves to future conduct in ways that help support important forms of coordination and organization both within the life of the agent and interpersonally. These essays enrich that 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. The essays offer extensive discussions of related views by, among others, Donald Davidson, Hector-Neri Castaneda, J. David Velleman, Christine Korsgaard, Harry Frankfurt, and P. F. Strawson. 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.
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" 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521631310
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/13/1999
  • Series: Cambridge Studies in Philosophy Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Introduction: Planning Agents in a Social World 1
Pt. 1 Acceptance and Stability
2 Practical Reasoning and Acceptance in a Context 15
3 Planning and Temptation 35
4 Toxin, Temptation, and the Stability of Intention 58
Pt. 2 Shared Agency
5 Shared Cooperative Activity 93
6 Shared Intention 109
7 Shared Intention and Mutual Obligation 130
8 I Intend That We J 142
Pt. 3 Responsibility and Identification
9 Responsibility and Planning 165
10 Identification, Decision, and Treating as a Reason 185
Pt. 4 Critical Studies
11 Davidson's Theory of Intention 209
12 Castaneda's Theory of Thought and Action 225
13 Cognitivism about Practical Reason 250
14 Review of Korsgaard's The Sources of Normativity 265
Index 279
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