Single Idea 20033

[catalogued under 20. Action / B. Preliminaries of Action / 1. Intention to Act / a. Nature of intentions]

Full Idea

Intentions involve normative commitments. We settle on intended courses, if there is no reason to reconsider them, and intentions put pressure on us to form further intentions in order to more efficiently coordinate our actions.


'Normativity' concerns obligations

Gist of Idea

Intentions are normative, requiring commitment and further plans


report of Michael Bratman (Intention, Plans, and Practical Reason [1987]) by Wilson,G/Schpall,S - Action 4

Book Reference

'Stanford Online Encyclopaedia of Philosophy', ed/tr. Stanford University [], p.14

A Reaction

[a compression of their summary] This distinguishes them from beliefs and desires, which contain no such normative requirements, even though they may point that way.