A Solution for Buridan’s Ass

Ethics 126 (2):283-310 (2016)
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Eugene Chislenko
Temple University
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Buridan’s Ass faced a choice between two identical bales of hay; governed only by reason, the donkey starved, unable to choose. It seems clear that we face many such cases, and resolve them successfully. Our success seems to tell against any view on which action and intention require evaluative preference. I argue that these views can account for intention and intentional action in cases like that of Buridan’s Ass. A decision to act nonintentionally allows us to resolve these cases without their being a damaging theoretical counterexample
Keywords intentional action  Buridan's Ass
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DOI 10.1086/683537
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