Intended and foreseen unavoidable consequences

Manuscrito 41 (4):481-499 (2018)
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Abstract

What is the difference between an intended consequence and a foreseen unavoidable consequence? The answer, I argue, turns on the exercise of knowhow knowledge in the process that led to the consequence. I argue for this using a theory according to which acting intentionally is acting as a reason. I show how this gives us a more promising explanation of the difference than the dominant explanations, according to which acting intentionally is acting for a reason.

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Devlin Russell
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The Myth of a State of Intending.Devlin Russell - 2020 - Dialogue 59 (4):549-559.

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