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19 dicembre 2013 | Bad Intentions And Lucky Coincidences: Are Ordinary Ascriptions Of Intentionality Irrational?
Bad Intentions And Lucky Coincidences: Are Ordinary Ascriptions Of Intentionality Irrational?
speaker: Prof. Micha H. Werner, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität-Greifswald
In philosophical action theory, especially since the 1970s, there has been a vivid discussion on whether ordinary ascriptions of intentionality are influenced by value judgments and normative commitments or not. Moreover, there was (and still is) controversy about whether, if such influence would actually exist, it would cast doubt on the rationality of ordinary intentionality ascriptions. More recently, studies in experimental philosophy provided support for the view that folk ascriptions of intentionality are indeed influenced by value judgments or normative expectations. The talk proposes a hypothesis about how this influence works. Moreover, it suggests an analogy between folk ascriptions of intentionality and folk ascriptions of causality. Finally, it argues that the influence of normative expectations on both kinds of ascriptions may be explained by their attention guiding function.