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Jennifer Frey, University of South Carolina Elizabeth Anscombe's Intention has emerged as one of the most influential texts of twentieth century analytic philosophy, despite the fact that its central arguments are notoriously difficult to understand. John Schwenkler has written an accessible and insightful commentary that will be invaluable for students and experts alike. Just as Anscombe's commentary on Wittgenstein's Tractatus aimed to rescue its legacy from its most influential supporters,
so too Schwenkler's commentary clears away decades of empiricist misinterpretations and misappropriations, allowing readers to see Anscombe's masterwork with fresh eyes. It is a remarkable achievement, worthy of widespread attention.
Kim Frost, University of California, Riverside Intention is a fiercely difficult, rich, and dense book, and even experts need help navigating it. This is the kind of guide that I will look to in my own work, and that I will recommend to interested graduate students, and that I am likely to use every time I teach a course with Intention. Schwenkler's treatment is pitched at an ideal level.
Berislav Marusic, Brandeis University Schwenkler's Guide makes a tremendous and invaluable contribution as it sheds light on Anscombe's seminal yet obscure book. It is especially valuable because it is so timely. Recent years have seen a resurgence of interest in Anscombe. I expect Schwenkler's book to serve as an essential resource for a new generation of readers.
Kieran Setiya, MIT Anscombe's Intention is both profoundly difficult and hugely influential, yet there is no standard interpretive guide to this elusive text. Schwenkler's commentary is thus a welcome intervention. His meticulous, accessible book will be of great use to students of action theory and readers of Anscombe.
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John Schwenkler is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University, where he has taught since 2013. He specializes in the philosophy of mind, the philosophy of action, ethics, epistemology, and the philosophy of cognitive science.
Preface Abbreviations Introduction: The Project of Intention Interpretive Precis Outline of the Text The Commentary 1 Preliminaries 1.1 The three headings (1) 1.2 Predictions and expressions of intention (2-3) 1.3 Action first (3-4) 1.4 Summary discussion 2 Beginnings of an Account 2.1 'Why?'-questions (5) 2.2 The three epistemic conditions (6-8) 2.3 Reason, motive, and cause (9-16) 2.4 'For no reason' / 'I don't know why I did it' (17-18) 2.5 Summary discussion 3 The Unity of Action 3.1 An extra feature? (19) 3.2 Further intention (20-21) 3.3 The A-D order (22-23, 26) 3.4 Intention and foresight (24-25, 27) 3.5 Summary discussion 4 Knowledge Without Observation 4.1 Raising difficulties (28) 4.2 False avenues of escape (29-30) 4.3 Beginning to sketch a solution (31-32) 4.4 Summary discussion 5 Practical Reasoning 5.1 A difference in form (33) 5.2 Calculation (33-35) 5.3 The role of 'wanting' (35-36) 5.4 The guise of the good (37-41) 5.5 '... an order which is there ...' (42-43) 5.6 Summary discussion 6 Practical Knowledge 6.1 The Thomistic background 6.2 'A form of description of events' (46-48) 6.3 The cause of what it understands (44-45, 48) 6.4 Doing without knowing? 6.5 Practical knowledge through perception? 6.6 Summary discussion 7 Concluding Discussion 7.1 Intentional and voluntary (49) 7.2 Intention for the future (50-52) Glossary of Terms Bibliography