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Intention: the will to commit an act, as opposed to a random occurrence of such an event. See also motives, causation, will.
Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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H. Paul Grice on Intentions - Dictionary of Arguments

I 2 ff
Intention: intention is not always adequate: e.g. the prepetrator leaves M’s handkerchief at the scene of the crime in order to divert suspicion from himself. Here, meaning does not follow from the intention.
I 2 ff
Intention/action: part of the communication intention is that the listener recognizes the intention that he should believe something that corresponds to the content.
I 2 ff
Intention/action/effect: frown can only be produced with a certain intention, when at least the possible effect is clear (but it is no paradox and not circular).
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II 16 ff
Intention/meaning: e.g. anger: anger may partly result from the fact that the L (the listener) believes that S (the speaker) intended to annoy the other one! Belief in intention: the belief in intention is a partial cause of anger. Grice: but not partial reason.
II 30 ff
E.g. exam: the candidate utters: "The Battle of Waterloo was in 1816."
The candidate means this, but his/her intention is not that the examiner believes that.
>Meaning (Intending).

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Grice I
H. Paul Grice
"Meaning", in: The Philosophical Review 66, 1957, pp. 377-388
Handlung, Kommunikation, Bedeutung, Georg Megle, Frankfurt/M. 1993

Grice II
H. Paul Grice
"Utterer’s Meaning and Intentions", in: The Philosophical Review, 78, 1969 pp. 147-177
Handlung, Kommunikation, Bedeutung, Georg Meggle,

Grice III
H. Paul Grice
"Utterer’s Meaning, Sentence-Meaning, and Word-Meaning", in: Foundations of Language, 4, 1968, pp. 1-18
Handlung, Kommunikation, Bedeutung, Georg Meggle, Frankfurt/M. 1979

Grice IV
H. Paul Grice
"Logic and Conversation", in: P. Cple/J. Morgan (eds) Syntax and Semantics, Vol 3, New York/San Francisco/London 1975 pp.41-58
Handlung, Kommunikation, Bedeutung, Georg Meggle, Frankfurt/M. 1979

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