Agency and Embodied Cognition

Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 111 (1pt1):79-95 (2011)
Abstract
The dominant account of agency takes actions to be brought about and guided by intentions that represent the agent's performance of the action. Merleau-Ponty offers an alternative view that denies intentions are essential for action. He holds instead that the agent's activity is brought about by her apprehension of her environment, without the need for any intervening thoughts that represent her performance of it. I argue that two considerations advanced in favour of the thesis that human cognition is embodied are in tension with the dominant account of agency, and speak in favour of Merleau-Ponty's view
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Michael Bratman (1984). Two Faces of Intention. Philosophical Review 93 (3):375-405.
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