Folk Concepts of Intentional Action in the Contexts of Amoral and Immoral Luck

Paulo Sousa, Colin Holbrook

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Abstract

This paper concerns a recently discovered, puzzling asymmetry in judgments of whether an action is intentional or not (Knobe 2003a, b). We report new data replicating the asymmetry in the context of scenarios wherein an agent achieves an amoral or immoral goal due to luck. Participants’ justifications of their judgments of the intentionality of the agent’s action indicate that two distinct folk concepts of intentional action played a role in their judgments. When viewed from this perspective, the puzzle disappears, although the asymmetry remains
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)351-370
Number of pages20
JournalReview of Philosophy and Psychology
Volume1
Issue number3
Early online date23 Mar 2010
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2010

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