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Single Idea 20069

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

Full Idea

When one person says to another 'please pass the salt', and the other engages with this utterance and understands it, they share the intention that this request is passed from the first person to the second.

Gist of Idea

A request to pass the salt shares an intention that the request be passed on


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

Book Reference

Stout,Rowland: 'Action' [Acumen 2005], p.112

A Reaction

Simple and intriguing. We form an intention, and then ask someone else to take over our intention. When the second person takes over the intention, I give up the intention to acquire the salt, because it is on its way. It's political.