[hist-analytic] Intending, Choosing, and Deciding
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Jlsperanza at aol.com
Sat Jul 11 11:05:10 EDT 2009
-- the Grice/Pears Collaborations
A brief historical note. When Grice recalls his philosophical
collaborations in "Reply to Richards" ('Life and Opinions of Paul Grice') he first and
foremost cites Strawson -- where the actual collaboration is _visible_: "In
defense of a dogma". He goes on to mention collaboration with Judy Baker
in 'ethics': (again visible: "Davidson on weakness of the will" -- in
Vermazen/Hintikka) and a few interesting less known pairs:
Grice/Warnock work on philosophy of perception. Warnock, b. 1923.
Indeed, this fascinated Grice and Warnock, things like 'visa', etc.
Grice/Staal -- work on logic
and here's the interesting (to me) quote vis a vis the history of the
philosophy of action:
"work in the philosophy of action"
Grice/Thompson (which I have been so far unable to locate -- this is J. F.
of Christ Church, Oxford, and later of MIT -- husband to Judith Jarvis)
This motivated me to look for and find Pears, Problems in the philosophy
of mind, London: Duckworth.
It is in connection with Pears -- that the 'deliberation and grammar'
thing may interact. Unlike 'intending', Pears, (and Grice/Pears) was interested
which I find it's like 'deliberating' with a vengeance.
In the "Unpubications" of Grice, Grandy/Warner cite lectures on "Trying"
given by Grice at Princeton which I always thought had the right title to
them. Harman should have attended them. That was early 1960s.
Pears is credited in "Intention and Uncertainty" by Grice (very last
page), and inded Pears went on to lecture at the British Academy (or was it
before that) on "Deciding".
Pears has written extensively on "Intention and Belief" and other
paradoxes of 'irrationality', and I can't read Pears without thinking Grice! (to
And I'm NOT very familiar with the Hampshire/Hart CERTAINTY theory of
decision that Grice is apparently trying to 'water-down'.
The Grice/Pears discussions fall within the context of Austin, "Ifs and
Cans" and similar work undertaken by people like Nowell-Smith on 'choosing'.
Seeing that deliberate is cognate with libra, scale, I think that
Nowell-Smith was possibly right when he says that 'choice' pre-dates decision (if
not intention). All very tricky! -- but fascinating.
And I'm glad Bayne is using 'philosophical psychology' in the subtitle to
his book. This is the phrase preferred by Grice too. Why he found
'philosophy of mind' too pompous we can only guess (and rightly!). -- All I know is
that if you say, 'philosophical psychology' to _STICH_ he feels offended but
that's _his_ problem! :) (He says 'psychology' can only be EMPIRICAL --
cfr. 'philosophical linguistics' -- but he's at Rutgers, right? :-))
J. L. Speranza
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