Topoi 33 (1):47-55 (2014)

Lilian O'Brien
University of Helsinki
There have been a number of challenges to the Simple View—the view that an intention to A is necessary if an agent is to A intentionally. Michael Bratman’s celebrated video game case has convinced many that the view is false. This article presents a novel objection to Bratman’s case. It is argued, first, that the Simple View is not undermined by the case, and second, that the real import of the case is that it raises the question of how we can rationally intend mutually exclusive ends. I offer a solution to this puzzle that draws on what I call the Self-Evaluation aspect of intention.
Keywords Intention  Simple View  Planning theory of intention
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DOI 10.1007/s11245-013-9215-6
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