Single Idea 20026

[catalogued under 20. Action / B. Preliminaries of Action / 1. Intention to Act / b. Types of intention]

Full Idea

We need to distinguish intention as an aim or goal of actions, and intentions as a distinctive state of commitment to future action, a state that results from and subsequently constrains our practical endeavours as planning agents.

Gist of Idea

Intention is either the aim of an action, or a long-term constraint on what we can do


report of Michael Bratman (Intention, Plans, and Practical Reason [1987]) by Wilson,G/Schpall,S - Action 2

Book Reference

'Stanford Online Encyclopaedia of Philosophy', ed/tr. Stanford University [], p.9

A Reaction

I'm not sure how distinct these are, given the obvious possibility of intermediate stages, and the embracing of any available short-cut. If I could mow my lawn with one blink, I'd do it.

Related Idea

Idea 20025 We might intend two ways to acting, knowing only one of them can succeed [Wilson/Schpall]