Unconscious goals : specific or unspecific? The potential harm of the goal/gene analogyUnconscious goals : specific or unspecific? The potential harm of the goal/gene analogy
Faculty of Arts. Philosophy
Centre for Philosophical Psychology
2014New york :Cambridge univ press, 2014
Behavioral and brain sciences. - Cambridge, 1978, currens
37(2014):2, p. 152-153
University of Antwerp
Huang & Bargh's (H&B's) definition of goals is ambiguous between "specific goals" - the end-state of a token action I am about to perform - and "unspecific goals" - the end-state of an action-type (without specifying how this would be achieved). The analogy with selfish genes pushes the authors towards the former interpretation, but the latter would provide a more robust theoretical framework.