What are Conditional Intentions?

Methode: Analytic Perspectives 4 (6):30-60 (2015)
Kirk Ludwig
Indiana University, Bloomington
The main thesis of this paper is that, whereas an intention simpliciter is a commitment to a plan of action, a conditional intention is a commitment to a contingency plan, a commitment about what to do upon (learning of) a certain contingency relevant to one’s interests obtaining. In unconditional intending, our commitment to acting is not contingent on finding out that some condition obtains. In conditional intending, we intend to undertake an action on some condition, impinging on our interests, which is as yet unsettled for us, but about which we can find out without undue cost.
Keywords Conditional Intention  Contingency Planning  Intention
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