David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
International Philosophical Quarterly 50 (4):461-471 (2010)
John Finnis claims that in order to judge actions we must approach them from the perspective of the acting person, so that the moral evaluation of actions appears to become private. This paper examines Elizabeth Anscombe’s claim that interior intentions can be discovered through exterior actions. Because deliberation is shaped by the causal features of the world, these causal structures can, when viewed from the outside, serve as a window into the private life of the mind. Therefore, we can usually determine someone’s intention through his observable actions, so that the moral character of actions can become public by way of signs. Causal connections are both effects of intention and causes of intention. Neither of these relations by itself serves as an adequate sign of intention, but the combination of these two (causal structures both as effects and as causes of intention) can serve as signs of intention
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Christopher Tollefsen (2006). Is a Purely First Person Account of Human Action Defensible? Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 9 (4):441 - 460.
J. L. A. Garcia (1990). The Intentional and the Intended. Erkenntnis 33 (2):191 - 209.
John R. Searle (1979). The Intentionality of Intention and Action. Inquiry 22 (1-4):253 – 280.
Elazar Weinryb (1974). Von Wright on Historical Causation1. Inquiry 17 (1-4):327-338.
Steven Jensen (forthcoming). Exterior Actions as Signs of Intention. Semiotics:730-734.
Alfred R. Mele (1983). Akrasia, Reasons, and Causes. Philosophical Studies 44 (3):345-368.
Robert Pippin (2010). Hegel's Social Theory of Agency : The 'Inner-Outer' Problem. In Arto Laitinen & Constantine Sandis (eds.), Hegel on Action. Palgrave Macmillan. 3-50.
Joe Mintoff (2004). Rule Worship and the Stability of Intention. Philosophia 31 (3-4):401-426.
Darrell Cole (2011). War and Intention. Journal of Military Ethics 10 (3):174-191.
Edward Hinchman (forthcoming). Narrative and the Stability of Intention. European Journal of Philosophy.
Keith Graham (2000). Are All Preferences Nosy? Res Publica 6 (2):133-154.
Larry Wright (1974). Emergency Behavior. Inquiry 17 (1-4):43 – 47.
Nicholas Bardsley (2007). On Collective Intentions: Collective Action in Economics and Philosophy. [REVIEW] Synthese 157 (2):141 - 159.
Theodore R. Schatzki (1988). Social Causality. Inquiry 31 (2):151 – 170.
Renée Bilodeau (2006). The Motivational Strength of Intentions. The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy 9:129-135.
Added to index2011-01-09
Total downloads3 ( #283,452 of 1,096,702 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #271,187 of 1,096,702 )
How can I increase my downloads?