Expected Value and Intentional Action: The Semantic of Try
I present a series of observations that suggests that the verb try---e.g. `Sam tried to win the race', is sensitive to an agent's goals and beliefs. To capture this I propose a semantics that incorporates expected value. Roughly, `a tried to F' means that a performed some action that, by their lights, (i) increases the probability of F, and (ii) F in conjunction with this action is, on balance, good. I presented this as a poster at SuB 23. Here it is. If you would like a draft of the paper, please email me. Comments are welcome.