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Single Idea 20070

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

Full Idea

It is unnatural to describe an individual as intending that the group do something together. ...What could possibly express my intention that we move the piano upstairs?

Gist of Idea

An individual cannot express the intention that a group do something like moving a piano


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

Book Reference

Stout,Rowland: 'Action' [Acumen 2005], p.114

A Reaction

Two possible answers: it makes sense if I have great authority within the group. 'I'm going to move the piano - you take that end'. Or, such expressions are implicitly conditional - 'I intend to move the piano (if you will also intend it)'.