Intentions and Intentionality

Foundations of Social Cognition

Social interaction requires social cognition—the ability to perceive, interpret, and explain the actions of others. This ability fundamentally relies on the concepts of intention and intentionality. For example, people distinguish sharply between intentional and unintentional behavior; identify the intentions underlying others' behavior; explain completed actions with reference to intentions, beliefs, and desires; and evaluate the social worth of actions using the concepts of intentionality and responsibility.

Intentions and Intentionality highlights the roles these concepts play in social cognition. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, it offers cutting-edge work from researchers in cognitive, developmental, and social psychology and in philosophy, primatology, and law. It includes both conceptual and empirical contributions.

Table of Contents

  1. Foreword

    Jerome Brunner

  2. Preface
  3. Introduction: The Significance of Intentionality

    Bertram F. Malle, Louis J. Moses and Dare A. Baldwin

  4. I. Desires, Intentions, and Intentionality
  5. 1. Acting Intentionally: Probing Folk Notions

    Alfred R. Mele

  6. 2. The Distinction between Desire and Intention: A Folk-Conceptual Analysis

    Bertram F. Malle and Joshua Knobe

  7. 3. Some Thoughts on Ascribing Complex International Concepts to Young Children

    Louis J. Moses

  8. 4. The Paradox of Intention: Assessing Children's Metarepresentational Understanding

    Janet Wilde Astington

  9. 5. Intentions as Emergent Products of Social Interactions

    Raymond W. Gibbs Jr.

  10. II. Detecting Intentions and Intentionality
  11. 6. Developing Intentional Understandings

    Henry M. Wellman and Ann. T. Phillips

  12. 7. How Infants Make Sense of Intentional Action

    Amanda L. Woodward, Jessica A. Sommerville and José J. Guajardo

  13. 8. "Like Me" as a Building Block for Understanding Other Minds: Bodily Acts, Attention, and Intention

    Andrew N. Meltzoff and Rechele Brooks

  14. 9. Making Sense of Human Behavior: Action Parsing and Intentional Inference

    Jode A. Baird and Dare A. Baldwin

  15. 10. Desire, Intention, and the Simulation Theory

    Alvin I. Goldman

  16. 11. On the Possibilities of Detecting Intentions Prior to Understanding Them

    Daniel J. Povinelli

  17. III. Intentionality and Behavior Explanations
  18. 12. Action Explanations: Causes and Purposes

    G. F. Schueler

  19. 13. Folk Explanations of Intentional Action

    Bertram F. Malle

  20. 14. The Rocky Road from Acts to Dispositions: Insights for Attribution Theory from Developmental Research on Theories of Mind

    Andrea D. Rosati, Eric D. Knowles, Charles W. Kalish, Alison Gopnik, Daniel R. Ames and Michael W. Morris

  21. IV. Intentionality and Responsibility in Social Context
  22. 15. The Social Folk Theorist: Insights from Social and Cultural Psychology on the Contents and Contexts of Folk Theorizing

    Daniel R. Ames, Eric D. Knowles, Michael W. Morris, Charles W. Kalish, Andrea D. Rosati and Alison Gopnik

  23. 16. Responsibility for Social Transgressions: An Attributional Analysis

    Bernard Weiner

  24. 17. Moral Responsibility and the Interpretive Turn: Children's Changing Conceptions of Truth and Rightness

    Michael J. Chandler, Bryan W. Sokol and Darcy Hallett

  25. 18. Intentional Agency, Responsibility and Justice

    Leonard V. Kaplan

  26. Bibliography
  27. List of Authors
  28. Index