Can Unintended Side Effects Be Intentional? Resolving a Controversy Over Intentionality and Morality

  title={Can Unintended Side Effects Be Intentional? Resolving a Controversy Over Intentionality and Morality},
  author={Steve Guglielmo and Bertram F. Malle},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin},
  pages={1635 - 1647}
Can an event’s blameworthiness distort whether people see it as intentional? In controversial recent studies, people judged a behavior’s negative side effect intentional even though the agent allegedly had no desire for it to occur. Such a judgment contradicts the standard assumption that desire is a necessary condition of intentionality, and it raises concerns about assessments of intentionality in legal settings. Six studies examined whether blameworthy events distort intentionality judgments… 

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