Philosophical Studies

, Volume 175, Issue 7, pp 1767–1786 | Cite as

Two kinds of intentions: a new defense of the Simple View

  • Santiago AmayaEmail author


This paper defends a version of the Simple View, the claim that someone intentionally φs only if the person intends to φ. To do this, I raise a problem for Bratman’s classic argument (Bratman in Philos Rev 93(3):375–405; Intentions, plans, and practical reasoning. Harvard University Press, Cambridge 1987) against it. The problem brings into focus an evaluative dimension behind the view, whose recognition allows for an improved version of it. With this improved version, I then go on to answer other criticisms that have been raised to it.


Simple View Intentional action Goal intentions Implementation intentions Executive mistakes 



This paper benefited from conversations and written comments from many people, including John Brunero, Kim Haddix, Camilo Martínez, Al Mele, and Carlos Moya. As a referee for this journal, Andrei Buckareff provided a sharp and timely evaluation that made the revision process both challenging and helpful.

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The author declares that he has no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversidad de los AndesBogotáColombia

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