Non-propositional intentionality

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Title: Non-propositional intentionality
Author: Grzankowski, Alex Paul
Abstract: We often want to explain and predict behavior , both our own and that of others . For various reasons we want to know not only why (in the sense of etiology ) someone is doing what he is , but we also have interests in understanding the agent's reasons for which he is acting as he is . Though not uncontroversial , it is common to cite intentional states when offering such explanations . Most philosophers take certain intentional states to be the causes of our actions and to play a role in accounting for the reasons for which one acts . Additionally , most theorists who adopt such a line take the relevant intentional states to be propositional attitudes , most commonly beliefs and desires (or other pro attitudes which relate one to a proposition ) . In many of our explanations , we do indeed cite beliefs and desires , but we also cite many other psychological states that aren't obviously beliefs or desires . In fact , some of the relevant psychological states don't even appear to be propositional attitudes . In this paper I pursue two lines of questioning , one about the explanations of action and one about intentionality . First , what role is played by these apparently non -propositional attitudes ? Such attitudes turn up in Davidson's locus classicus and can be found in the most recent work on action as well , but explications are sparse . Second , are these attitudes in fact non -propositional ? Despite appearances to the contrary , one might argue that such states are to be , in some way or other , assimilated to the more familiar propositional attitudes . I resist this line in the second chapter .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /ETD -UT -2010 -05 -1356
Date: 2010-11-29

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Non-propositional intentionality. Master's thesis, University of Texas at Austin. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /ETD -UT -2010 -05 -1356 .

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