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Intention, Modality, and Decision Theory

By Khudairi, Hasen

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Title: Intention, Modality, and Decision Theory  
Author: Khudairi, Hasen
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Language: English
Subject: Non Fiction, Philosophy
Collections: Authors Community, Philosophy
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Publication Date:
2018
Publisher: Gutenberg
Member Page: Hasen Khudairi

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This paper argues that the types of intention can be modeled as modal operators. I delineate the intensional-semantic profiles of the types of intention, and provide a precise account of how the types of intention are unified in virtue of both their operations in a single, encompassing, epistemic modal space, and their role in practical reasoning. I endeavor to provide reasons adducing against the proposal that the types of intention are reducible to the mental states of belief and desire, where the former state is codified by subjective probability measures and the latter is codified by a utility function. I argue, instead, that each of the types of intention -- i.e., intention-in-action, intention-as-explanation, and intention-for-the-future -- has as its aim the value of an outcome of the agent's action, as derived by her partial beliefs and assignments of utility, and as codified by the value of expected utility in evidential decision theory.

 

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