The Unknown Terrorist
What could be more difficult for a parent than to have an autistic child? Perhaps if he is both autistic and deaf. In this stirring memoir Toward Wanting More, know the struggles of one courageous mother who refused to give up - and gave her son a more fulfilling life. When her son Chuck was born, Leona Heitsch became aware of the words retardation, deafness, aphasia, autism, and more. As she realized her son's disability, she sought to get a diagnosis, but no doctor or institution agreed on an effective course of action. But with patience, creativity, persistence, love - and tears - Chuck was able to graduate from high school. Discover how they made it in this testimony of a parent's unwavering love.
Amanda's world had been broken beyond all repair. Shattered remnants lay scattered all around her. A mere seven days earlier her life had been ordered and ordinary. Now it was twisted beyond all recognition. She only knew one thing.
This book aims to answer two simple questions: what is it to want and what is it to intend? Because of the breadth of contexts in which the relevant phenomena are implicated and the wealth of views that have attempted to account for them, providing the answers is not quite so simple. Doing so requires an examination not only of the relevant philosophical theories and our everyday practices, but also of the rich empirical material that has been provided by work in social and developmental psychology.
The investigation is carried out in two parts, dedicated to wanting and intending respectively. Wanting is analysed as optative attitudinising, a basic form of subjective standard-setting at the core of compound states such as 'longings', 'desires', 'projects' and 'whims'. The analysis is developed in the context of a discussion of Moore-paradoxicality and deepened through the examination of rival theories, which include functionalist and hedonistic conceptions as well as the guise-of-the-good view and the pure entailment approach, two views popular in moral psychology.
In the second part of the study, a disjunctive genetic theory of intending is developed, according to which intentions are optative attitudes on which, in one way or another, the mark of deliberation has been conferred. It is this which explains intention's subjection to the requirements of practical rationality. Moreover, unlike wanting, intending turnsout to be dependent on normative features of our life form, in particular on practices of holding responsible.
The book will be of particular interest to philosophers and psychologists working on motivation, goals, desire, intention, deliberation, decision and practical rationality.
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