CHAPTER TEN
JUDGING AND WILLING

THE most satisfactory analysis of intensional sentences so far put forward is the theory of judgement presented by Geach in his book Mental Acts. The theory is based on the analogy between judging and saying. Geach presents it in two stages: in section 14 he presents a revised version of Russell's theory of judgement; in section 18 he offers an analysis of the act of judgement in terms of oratio recta; and in section 22 he welds these two accounts into a single theory.

The theory of section 14 makes use of two technical devices. The first is an undefined non-extensional operator "Z", which operates upon a predicate to form out of it a new predicate of the same polyadicity. The second is the notion of 'an Idea' which Geach defines as the exercise of a concept in judgement. (Geach uses the word "concept" in such a way that it is a sufficient, though not a necessary, condition of a man's having a concept of so-and-so that he should have mastered the intelligent use of the word for so-and-so in some language. Op. cit.,12-15). The theory put forward with the aid of these devices is that a judgement to the effect that things stand in an

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • Chapter One The Passions of the Soul 1
  • Chapter Two The Experimental Examination Of the Emotions 29
  • Chapter Three Feelings 52
  • Chapter Four Motives 76
  • Chapter Five Desire 100
  • Chapter Six Pleasure 127
  • Chapter Seven Actions and Relations 151
  • Chapter Eight States, Performances, Activities 171
  • Chapter Nine Objects 187
  • Chapter Ten Judging and Willing 203
  • Chapter Eleven Sketch of a Theory of Volition 212
  • Bibliography 240
  • Index 243
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