The Paradox of Intention

The Paradox of Intention
Subtitle: Reaching the Goal by Giving Up the Attempt to Reach It
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Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
EAN: 9781555401108
ISBN: 1555401104
Categories: Linguistics | Western Philosophy Medieval and Renaissance C 500 To C 1600 | Ethics and Moral Philosophy | Philosophy Of Religion | Christian Theology | Buddhism | Taoism | Psychology | Mathematics | Inorganic Chemistry |

This book examines the paradox of intention, the simple idea that we may reach a goal by giving up the attempt to reach it or, conversely, that we may be prevented from reaching a goal by our intentional efforts to achieve it. The nature of this paradox is explored through an examination of texts from ancient and existential philosophy, psychotherapy, and the sacred texts of Buddhism, Christianity, and Taoism. Shaw then subjects the paradox to systematic study by pursuing a series of questions arising from it. A clearly written and accessible study, The Paradox of Intention adds an intriguing chapter to both comparative ethics and the cross-cultural study of the philosophy of religion.


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