Testing Sripada's Deep Self model

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Abstract:

Sripada has recently advanced a new account for asymmetries that have been uncovered in folk judgments of intentionality: the “Deep Self model,” according to which an action is more likely to be judged as intentional if it matches the agent's central and stable attitudes and values (i.e., the agent's Deep Self). In this paper, we present new experiments that challenge this model in two ways: first, we show that the Deep Self model makes predictions that are falsified, then we present cases that it cannot account for. Finally, we discuss how the Deep Self model could be modified to accommodate these new data.

Keywords: Action Theory; Deep Self; Experimental Philosophy; Intentional Action; Knobe; Sripada

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09515089.2011.631996

Publication date: October 1, 2012

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