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Single Idea 20066

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

Full Idea

The intentional action of including the word 'big' in a sentence does not require a prior intention to say it. What is required is that you say it with the intention of saying it.

Gist of Idea

Speech needs sustained intentions, but not prior intentions


Rowland Stout (Action [2005], 7 'Relationship')

Book Reference

Stout,Rowland: 'Action' [Acumen 2005], p.102

A Reaction

This seems right, but makes it a lot harder to say what an intention is, and to separate it out for inspection. You can't speak a good English sentence while withdrawing the intention involved.