Minimally constrained maximisation

In Bruno Verbeek (ed.), Reasons and Intentions. Ashgate (2007)
Joe Mintoff
University of Newcastle, Australia
This chapter argues that, under certain conditions, forming an intention makes an action rational which would otherwise not have been rational, since intentions (together with beliefs) in and of themselves provide deductive reasons for further intentions and actions, an argument which builds on previous work by R M Hare, Michael Bratman and others, It also provides an articulation and defense of the concept of "minimally constrained maximization" as a unified general solution to the well-known paradoxes of rationality, including the paradox of deterrence and the prisoner's dilemma.
Keywords Prisoner's Dilemma  Paradox of Deterrence  Toxin Puzzle  Intentions  Reasons  Contractarianism  Gauthier
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