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The Inner Life of a Rational AgentIn Defence of Philosophical Behaviourism$
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Rowland Stout

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780748623433

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623433.001.0001

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(p.145) 8 Intentions
The Inner Life of a Rational Agent

Rowland Stout

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter defends the following claim: A subject intends to achieve G if and only if the subject is disposed to behave in a way that is governed by a version of practical rationality that recommends that G is to be achieved. It is interesting to see what the difference is between a subject being in such a state, and the subject being disposed to behave in a way that is governed by a version of practical rationality which works on the assumption that G is to be achieved. Davidson’s approach to weakness fits very neatly into the account presented here.

Keywords:   practical rationality, behaviour, state, weakness, Davidson, intention, belief

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