David Owens: 'Habits and Policies'

Many philosophers have claimed that intentional activity must be directed at some (apparent) good. Cases of action on policy show that this claim needs to be qualified. Cases of habitual agency appear to contradict this claim. I compare action on policy with habitual agency. I argue that habitual agency is intentional, even where there is no good in the manifestation of the habit, provided the habit manifested is itself (thought to be) good.

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