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Intention, Plans and Practical Reason

Michael E. Bratman develops a planning theory of intention. Intentions are treated as elements of partial plans of action. These plans play basic roles in practical reasoning, roles that support the organization of our activities over time and socially. Bratman explores the impact of this approach on a wide range of issues, including the relation between intention and intentional action, and the distinction between intended and expected effects of what one intends.

208 pages | 6 x 9 | © 1987

The David Hume Series

Philosophy: Philosophy of Mind

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. On the Way to the Planning Theory
3. Plans and Practical Reasoning
4. Agent Rationality: Toward a General Theory
5. Reconsideration and Rationality
6. Agent Rationality: The Historical Theory
7. Commitment Revisited
8. Two Faces of Intention
9. Acting with an Intention
10. Intention and Expected Side Effects
11. Conclusion

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