Single Idea 20072

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

Full Idea

The early Davidson championed the approach that we explain the idea of having an intention by providing an account of what it is to act with an intention.

Gist of Idea

We explain an intention by giving an account of acting with an intention


report of Donald Davidson (Action, Reasons and Causes [1963]) by Rowland Stout - Action 7 'Conclusion'

Book Reference

Stout,Rowland: 'Action' [Acumen 2005], p.116

A Reaction

This eliminates the distinction between a prior intention, and the intention that maintains a process such as speech. It sounds almost behaviourist.

Related Idea

Idea 20074 We can keep Davidson's account of intentions in action, by further explaining prior intentions [Davidson, by Stout,R]