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Suppose, further, that the agent believes that the release of the secret papers, G1E 2, would be sufficient and/or necessary to cause the embarrassment of the government. In practical rationality, the effect of this belief is to transform the antecedent desire into the desire for an event under a new and more particular but perhaps not yet sufficiently identifying description: it becomes the desire whose intentional object is the event, Ex' with causal relations, ww----+, to the, E2, release of the secret papers, G, which in turn has causal relations, ww----+, to the, El' embarrassment of the government, F.
In this chapter we begin our analysis of the processes of agency, which we complete in the sequel. Ours is a causal cum functional analysis of natural agency2 in which will occur states of a process which have the logical and functional properties of our psychological terms such as 'desire', 'belief' and 'intention', as well as other states which our basic terms and relations allow. We begin with the fundamental terms required for understanding agency. 31 32 Chapter Two 2. 1 Causation and its Relata Action needs the relation of causation and causation needs singular terms as relata.
The form of the structure of the desire is that of a definite description and not a full proposition. Let us agree that a desire is a state with a certain structure to its content and causal relations which define a part of the practical rational process. Suppose that the practicality of the process is to sufficiently identify an event the agent will cause. Then the active state within that process will be a state whose causal direction is being determined by a content whose structure is in the form of a definite description of that event (whatever in the further development of cognitive theory that will tum ouUo be).