Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary

Person as lawyer: How having a guilty mind explains attributions of intentional agency

Frank Hindriks

Faculty of Philosophy, University of Groningen, 9712 GL Groningen, The Netherlands. [email protected]


In criminal law, foresight betrays a guilty mind as much as intent does: both reveal that the agent is not properly motivated to avoid an illegal state of affairs. This commonality warrants our judgment that the state is brought about intentionally, even when unintended. In contrast to Knobe, I thus retain the idea that acting intentionally is acting with a certain frame of mind.